Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Lakeside Rhythm : I wanted to focus on design, even en plein air. This is always tricky, because time is limited. So I tried to simplify. A strip of sunset across the path becomes a strip of yellow. The riot of trees through which the water sparkles becomes one or two shapes. To do this in limited time, it is so important to get your value sketch working before you get into the paint.
Lakeside Rhythm is 12x16", oil on canvas.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Shoreline Rhythm : Again, I'm trying to focus more on the "rhythm" than on the "shoreline". Don't paint stuff. Paint shapes and values. For fun, I've posted the photo of this scene here, too. Did I simplify enough?
Shoreline Rhythm is 12x16", oil on canvas.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Summer at Moose River: The day was hot, humid and glorious. It was almost too hot to paint outside. But my daughter and I set up near the bridge and painted the river valley anyway. I think the intense heat nearly splintered the light! I was painting here one summer when my friend in her tomato-soup-colored VW Bug stopped mid-span, and shouted out her window: "Betsy, look who's watching you!" I turned, and gazing thoughtfully over my shoulder at my canvas was a deer. She pondered my work for a while, then ambled away.
Summer at Moose River is 9x12" oil on canvas.