Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ft. Myers Beach 

Resolving to paint and post weekly, I took my supplies on vacation to Florida last week. Having arrived at our rental late at night, I was thrilled the next morning to see this would be our view, porch, yard and section of beach for seven days. Hopefully I captured how cool and restful it was to return here after a day of sight seeing or walking the shoreline looking for shells. The sand, which was almost white and made up of crushed shells, had the texture of baking soda mixed with a little water. It was unlike any sand I have ever experienced!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Plein Air Painting in a Pasture

Wandering cows in and outside the fenced area on this farm kept me alert during the three hours I spent at this location in July last summer. I was set up with easel, stool and palette in the driveway. While I was determined to get in as much detail as possible, the cows were curious and kept moving around to get a better look at ME.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Painting Plein Air at Boulder Creek on January 10

Perched on the rocks and ice below a bridge, I learned the challenge of painting with watercolor outdoors in January in Colorado is the ice that forms on my palette and paper as I worked. It makes some interesting patterns! I worked very quickly for about 45 minutes, took time to sit in my car and dry the under painting by blasting the heater and went back out to work for another hour. I'll be happy with this painting after taking a little more time in my studio and making some refinements.