|"A Favorite Spot" 12x16 oil on linen panel|
A few posts back I addressed the issue of working from photographs and to summarize..I don't have a problem with it so long as they are my photographs and I had the actual experience. When I work from them I enlarge them and tape them up where I can see them and approach the painting as if I were on site. In this particular photo my easel was shown in the foreground. In the beginning I was going to include it but I edited it out in favor of this which I think makes for a better composition.
|"Early October at Wide Water" 12x16 oil on panel|
Everything looks peaceful doesn't it? Not for long! Shortly after we started our paintings that beach turned into a mini Coney Island! Remembering the morning brings a smile to my face because it was pretty funny. It started with a bunch of kayakers launching at the spot shown here to the left and they were practicing their rolls with much splashing and churning up of mud. So much for peaceful reflections in the water. They were followed by a couple of Labs chasing sticks thrown into the river by their owners. One exuberant pooch decided to come bounding over to Bobbi who got off her stool in time to fend him off. A second later and she would have been sent sprawling off her stool and her painting would have flown off the easel. As it was she got a good soaking. Not to be outdone were several pole boarders. I honestly don't know what the official term is but they wear a lot of neoprene gear and they stand on their boards and pole their way up stream. This paint out was a great lesson in how to commit to your painting early and stick with it. Tranquility was not to be had that day! It was a Saturday so we were sure to choose a Friday the next time we painted there two weeks later. That day all was serene:)