I began painting the landscape from life (en plein air) ten years ago this month. In the beginning, I felt utterly overwhelmed. The complexity of the landscape in its texture and foliage seemed almost impossible to portray in oil paint. It was then that I came to understand the tremendous value of the basic principles and practices that lead to success. I owe a lot to friends, teachers, and mentors who encouraged me and demonstrated how to organize the elements of the landscape on a canvas.
This July I will be in Vermont to teach a four-day plein air workshop. I always look forward to empowering my students to see and paint the landscape the way that my teachers empowered me.
Acrylic University countdown: 16 Days! Do you ever lose track of time? I do. I started this painting as a demo at #PACE19 but talked too much (again) and didn’t even get 1/4 way done with it in the beginners class. I thought it would be really swift because I had painted the scene before, but nope, I didn’t make it very far. Anyway, time is flying on the Acrylic University side also. We will be filming the next few days again. Did you know we will have a podcast? Yep, but we don’t even know what it will be called! We’ve been thinking about the idea that “creativity takes courage” so have thrown out names related to that, but we haven’t found the one quite yet... any ideas? #acryliclikeaboss#acrylicuniversity#lightandshadow
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The most memorable trips are the ones where nothing goes to plan. A week of rain and snow has turned our trip to Yosemite and Tahoe into a trip to the high desert and redwood coast and I am not disappointed.
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Another one from Bedruthan Steps where I've spent a lot of the last week with my pals @clemstjw and @georgievestey_art, easels wobbling in the wind.
•I don't think I've EVER been this jet-lagged before, and I swear there's a few days that have gone missing since I returned from across the pond. I think I slept. I mostly slept. I think.
•Still, I'm working away on editing the next download! This one is gonna be super fun, you guys!
I miss Paris sooooooo much! But it's nice to be home, and watching this gives me all the feels. Stay tuned!
Two more of my paintings created during this year’s @carmelartfestival . “Art for sale” 14” x 11”
I loved capturing the feeling of this woman as she passed the art gallery on a rainy night.
The second painting is “Gone Fishin’ “ 12” x 9” See if you can find the fisherman.
A friend asked if I had been away visiting Uganda..
But I was away at a plein air painting festival
Carol and Deb had seen me painting
And was amused that my painting colors coordinated with my outfit..
Unintentional as I was only concerned about dressing for warmth
They bought the painting... Not sure if they bought my painting cos of the amusement it gave them
Or they liked the colors the Grand River waterfall was painted with .. 😄
HAVE A GREAT EVENING, dear friends,..continue to wear the colors that make you happy! ^_^
Solo exhibit preview day two: architectural pieces! They’re part of my solo at @lewallengalleries In Santa Fe, opening 5/31. Some more traditional and more abstracted compositions of two famous New Mexican churches and their vigas (wood beams). The adobe one is the St Francis of Assisi Mission in Taos (of #georgiaokeeffe and #anseladams fame); the other is a small chapel east of Santa Fe. Sizes as you swipe: 34x62”, 16x12”, 24x18”, 24x18”, 36x30”, and 30x40”.
On my birthday, I came across an amazing spot on the Oregon Coast Trail where decades past huge trees had been cut down leaving their stumps as the only evidence of an ancient forest. Since the devastation, nature has be bandaging its wounds with new growth, seedlings taking purchase in the wells of their ancestors, their roots decorating the old stumps. 🌳
🌿One of my personal projects this year has been to rewrite and illustrate my current WIP novel. My walk in the woods inspired a scene in which one of my dragon characters has found a solution to beautifying her forest after foreigners cut it down for its timber. Nature was my source of inspiration when I first began writing fantasy as a child, and that wellspring continues to amaze. After months of experimenting with different mediums and techniques, I think I have finally found a pleasing aesthetic for this novel’s illustrations. The first twelve are in progress. Here is the first. I would love your feedback! Thanks! 🌿 #blackandwhite#acrylic#painting#fantasy#illustration#WIP#novel#original#characters#dragon#dragonart#nature#OCT#PNW#inspired#walkinthewoods#oldgrowth#forest#magicofnature#conceptart#digitalart#pleinair#aesthetic#development#ferrethelper
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FOR SALE This is my second acrylic on paper painting from Málaga, posted as I return home. It began plein air but as I continued to layer up paint sitting on the ground in the searing sun, I realised it was going to take a lot longer to finish than I'd anticipated. I completed it over the next couple of days on the roof terrace where I was staying with a friend who had offered lovely hospitality - tucked away in the quiet streets just back from the bustle of the more well-trodden parts of the old town, birds singing, children playing and half caught conversations and music washing over me from houses and flats nearby while I painted happily.