En Plein Air for the Summer

Acrylics, Art, En Plein Air, Encaustic Wax, Painting, Pastel

We have started our painting outdoors for the summer!  Nancy, Terri and I went out to Seaman’s Orchard where you can pick your own strawberries, blueberries and cherries. The other fruit you can pick isn’t ready yet, but all of the above are delicious! Blueberries should be really ready soon. Really a beautiful setting and the views…….

If I’m going to be honest, I’ve been in an artistic bump in the road. I’ve been taking a lot of classes and really learning. The classes leave my mind full and excited. I hadn’t used my pastels or been outdoor painting for over a year and I was RUSTY! All my new found knowledge and now I don’t know how to paint anymore. That ugly FEAR that sits on your shoulder, landed on mine and the only thing I have been painting with is GESSO. I have started one painting of this tower at our local high school and I’m on the third Gesso rendition. In the case of my pastels, I brushed off the pigment and I sprayed alcohol on pages of pastel paintings to be painted over. In my encaustic paintings,  I’ve been melting whatever I put down and starting over. Just fusing layers of light grey onto a substrate.

All the ideas are here. They’re just waiting for me to open the gates to an actual breakthrough in manifesting.

I am pushing through it. I’ve been here before and got through it to be very successful in my career.

This was the first painting I have felt good about in over a month. There’s still work to be done.

JUST KEEP MAKING A MESS!

 

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Fixing the painting and done

Painting

Argh. After finishing the other train station painting, I went back to this one. My brush stokes were all over the place. The brick work was messy, the people inside were too big for the space and it didn’t have enough depth. Nothing was standing out. Now I feel there’s more focus on the people and the cart.

It’s funny how you can create something and you think you’re done. Then you grow in your experience and your mind expands. Looking back, I think what was I thinking? How did I think I was done and it was all that?

I’m being entirely objective here. If you can’t stand back and look at your work with a discerning eye, how can you get any better? More than anything, I’m enjoying the process.

I can’t wait ’til spring when I can go paint outdoors. Perhaps my new mind’s eye will be as expansive the view.

It’s snowing today. I’ll be picking out one of my photos for my next painting. Enjoy.

#painting #amtrakstation #amtrak #acrylics #valuestudy #learning

Finished Painting

The one I thought was a finished painting.

Work in Progress. Make sure your easel is level when working with straight lines.

Underpainting with cerulean blue. I will start with burnt sienna or burnt umber from now on.

I’m calling this painting done!

Painting

The train station in the very early morning hour. This painting took longer than any painting I’ve ever done. I think I finally understand values and how important they are. I think I will stay in this lane for quite some time. In the meantime I’m going to study colors. Mixing, creating good greys and generally making friends with color. I loved the entire process. I think I’ve discovered true patience in creating.

Here are the steps again

Adding cool tones to the train station painting

Painting

I’m working with the shadows now. Adding cerulean blue and ultramarine blue. I see where I need to correct my values in the second picture where the blue light is on the floor. Overall, I’m enjoying the process of relearning basics and seeing the lights and darks. #alwayslearning #beginnermind #artist #ceruleanblue #ultramarineblue