Just finishing these 3 paintings which were all part of one commission project.
These are very site specific - for a hallway alongside the client's
kitchen. The two smaller still lifes will hang on one side of the wall
in between doorways, and the larger, Sunflower painting will hang on the
opposite wall. The walls are a beautiful faux finish in rich salmon to
raspberry shades, so I tried to incorporate strong visual pops of that
color as well as mixing a bit of it into all my other color mixtures.
Today we go to the framer's and by the end of the week I will be hanging these on the client's wall - can't wait!
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I took a painting workshop this past weekend in Wellsboro, PA with Pittsburgh artist Ron Donahue. Ron is a friend from the Daily Painters of Pennsylvania and he paints amazing plein air works from the Pittsburgh area. I have always loved his strong compositions and use of light as well as his ability to make a successful painting out of simple and often overlooked subjects. Check out his website http://www.donoughe.com/index.html
I did 5 paintings during the workshop. I don't feel any of them are necessarily finished pieces, but rather learning exercises. I was trying some new things and just taking in the knowledge which Ron so generously shared. We only had about 90 minutes to work on each exercise. So the 2 pieces below are just studies and will remain just that - hanging in my studio to remind me of the lessons learned.
This study of the tractor was done on the first day when it was raining and the class was pretty much confined to the Art Barn. I chose this spot because I felt the strong values applied to the lesson Ron had just given and would be a good challenge, plus I could stay nice and dry inside the tool area of the barn. Ron helped me to keep the oranges of the tractor in shadow and to contrast the warm light inside the barn with the cool outside light.
This second study was painted in the town of Wellsboro. The lesson that morning was on separating light and dark values, warm and cool colors, and simplifying shapes. There was good strong sunlight that day which define the light and shadow families. With a limited amount of time to work on this, I edited out a tree and several windows. Ron also helped me to see and paint shapes rather than drawing details.
Overall it was a fantastic workshop. We had great fun, explored a beautiful area of PA, and learned so so much. It has inspired me even more to paint and to keep learning. Thank you Ron !
My friend Larry invited some painting friends out to his place last evening to paint his field of Queen Ann's Lace. I
like the idea of an evening paint out - cooler temperatures and warmer
sunlight. I knew the light at 6 PM would change quickly, so I just
worked on this very small panel and tried to not get too detailed. I was hoping for some orange tones
in the sky as the sun started to set, but instead the sky turned almost
black with a threatening storm. Fortunately I was able to finish my
painting, pack up, and start home before the rain hit and I saw the dark
cloud following me home in my rear view mirror.