Category Archives: Cape Cod

Cattle in November-Catherine

It’s November, and I’m back at Seawind Meadows, in Dennis.  Lucky to have a chance to paint Nicky enjoying a pumpkin breakfast this close! IMG_2548

I decided to focus on the cattle and not a full landscape today.

IMG_2544 IMG_2545 IMG_2556Focusing on only what was in front of me gave me a chance to have fun painting the cattle.  The stone wall and tree trunks were added at the beginning for color notes and composition.  I believe this study breaks the rules “two trees, two cattle odd numbers.. etc.. funny how that happens!!  Thank you!  Catherine

Longhorn cattle on Cape Cod -Catherine

This week I visited Seawind Meadows farm in Dennis and practiced painting longhorn cattle.

Seawind Meadows Dennis, Ma
Seawind Meadows Dennis, Ma

I first met Laura, who is a vender at the Orleans Farmers Market, for link click here.  Laura’s family farm is named Seawind Meadows, for link click here.

Seawind Meadows Dennis, Ma
Seawind Meadows Dennis, Ma

Here is my painting of Sileas!

Seawind Meadows Dennis, Ma
Sileas at Seawind Meadows -Catherine

The cattle were moving, but thanks to their curiosity, and the hay, they stayed close.  Fyi… still loving my Strada Easel and my ArtCocoon!!!  -Catherine

Strada Easel
Strada Easel and ArtCocoon

Out of the Archive Box! -Catherine

This year, one of my plein air painting goals is to try to work out of my “archive box” of unfinished paintings.  To be able to say “TA-DA!” (smile).  These paintings, for one reason or another, I brought home unfinished, they have potential… learning potential.

So, this year, before I revisit a plein air location, I riffle through my archive box of unfinished paintings, looking for one from the same location.  

As I spray the painting with retouch varnish I ask myself what I liked about the painting and how I might improve it.  I don’t concern myself with the weather or season changes… only to attempt to improve the painting.

Out of Archive Box came the Jonathan Young Windmill in Orleans.

Jonathan Young Windmill -Catherine
Jonathan Young Windmill
Jonathan Young Windmill -Catherine
Jonathan Young Windmill -Sept.,2014

Above is the painting I brought home September 2014.

Jonathan Young Windmill -Catherine
Jonathan Young Windmill -June, 2015

Here is the painting after I reworked it yesterday, June 2015.  It still might need work, but hopefully you’ll agree I improved it!

I find that being able to finish a painting in 2-3 hours outdoors is an amazing accomplishment.  Until I can get myself up to that speed, this practice is the next best thing!  -Catherine

 

Wow! That is some color

 

Blocking in
Blocking in

Those are the words that my daughter, Ashley, stated when I sent her this photo. “Wow, that is some color.”   It is nice to receive comments that can go either way!    This was an early morning paint with just Rikka, my German Shepherd, and me.  Catherine was busy becoming famous as a movie extra in a movie, so she couldn’t paint.:)

This morning was a combination of thinking about a former post in this blog about being bold and laying in color and of “you better get out and paint something”.   What I learned from this morning is that the choice of location matters.  It matters in the sense that I need to find something to paint that conveys something to me.   Hopefully, one day I will be able to convey the feeling that I get from the location onto the canvas.

This cranberry bog caught my eye early one morning as I sped by it in my car.     The morning of this painting I drove to  a couple of familiar sites close to my home, but the memory of this cranberry bog stuck with me and I drove out to it.  It was unfamiliar and I wasn’t sure about the parking, etc.

We (Rikka and I) had a wonderful experience attempting to capture the reds of the bog on a beautiful spring day.

Cranberry Bog off of Route 124
Cranberry Bog off of Route 124

 

 

Strada Easel and Kelty Redwing 44 Pack -Catherine

Here is my new Strada Easel and Kelty Redwing Pack.  I love them, (a birthday present from my wonderful husband, Philip!).   Click here to go to Strada Easel.  The Kelty Redwing 44 Pack is recommended by Strada and they know what they are talking about.  The pack is great and fits everything I need.  Many thanks to Orleans Camera for helping me find the right tripod.  Click here to go to Orleans Camera.

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Yarmouth Port -Catherine
Out of the archives!

A spray with retouch varnish and I’m going to give this July scene another try.  Even though this morning is barely 50º (degrees).

 

 

I wanted to use My Art Cocoon wet paint carrier with my Strada Easel.  Since this wet paint carrier is wider than the easel’s metal support bracket, I wrapped a small bungee around the My Art Cocoon and the Strada cavas holder.  Back to front.

bungee wrapped
bungee wrapped
back to front
back to front

The bungee hooks held nicely to the metal bracket at the top of the easel.  I was able to paint and then carry my painting in my pack without any mishaps!

 

 

Yarmouth Port -Catherine
Yarmouth Port -Catherine

 

 

 

Fits and Starts

Although the title of this blog, Practice and Patience Plein Air, was thoughtfully chosen because it embodies our journey -this winter, I  haven’t been able to practice as much.

The lesson of practice and patience was reinforced again last Saturday morning at Salt Pond Landing.  Click here for Salt Pond Visitor Center information.

Because I haven’t been able to paint outdoors for a couple of months, I felt very rusty that first morning out and fumbled a bit getting everything set up.  Frustration set in as   as we attempted to capture the scene in front of us.  Thankfully, it was the first really spring day of the season and just having the sun shining on our faces and on the water  was a huge inspiration.  As I wrote in my last post, I wanted to try a palette knife in place of  a brush to practice layering color on the canvas.     Combining this “foreign” technique ( although with my level of experience, all of the techniques could be considered foreign) with being rusty painting outside  was daunting to say the least.

To overcome that feeling of “Oh brother, this is so hard”  we decided when we were both finished to say prop the paintings on the rocks and to each say one thing that we liked about our own paintings and one thing that we liked about each others.  Here are those paintings and a short transcript of what we said.  We then packed up our stuff and hiked back to the car with smiles on our faces.

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Catherine’s paintings
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Britt’s paintings

I said that I really liked the distance/perspective that Catherine painted in the left one and for the  right one, I liked the building and the water.  For mine, I liked the sky in both.

I love the use of Britt’s bold use of color, and for mine, I liked the wide brush stroke on the lower right of the painting, trying to suggest the curve in the shoreline.  -Catherine

Peeps! -Catherine

 

Scoop from the coop!
Hens, Fiona, Molly, Mona-Lisa. photo by Catherine

There is a bonus to raising hens that lay different colored eggs, especially in April, and my first painting class with Maryalice Eizenberg, at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, was also in April (2010).

 

Click here for link to the Creative Arts Center.

 

 

 

My husband Philip emptied and cleaned a few eggs from our chickens, Molly (brown egg) and Fiona (blue egg), so I could bring them to class hoping the eggshells could be part of a still life.

Duck in a basket by Catherine Apr2010
Duck in a basket by Catherine Apr2010

Maryalice set up this sweet still life.  A soft, stuffed, ducking in a straw basket, surrounded by yellow marshmallow “Peeps”, jelly beans, and my real eggshells.  I hope the eggshells survived and are still being used in setting up still lifes at the art center!  Fiona is no longer with us, but I still have this sweet painting with her beautiful, blue eggshells. -Catherine

Plein Air in the COLD

A fun day!

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Of course, you can’t tell from this photo, but it was about 32 degrees this morning.  We wanted to see what it is like painting in the COLD.   We actually were able to last  about 2 hours.  As you can see we really bundle up with layers and then try to have everything all set before we go out – paint on the palette, handwarmers, and foot warmers.

Coldest painting day ever
Set up – can you see the handwarmer package??
Cold and windy
Skaket Beach

 

“Patience” at Taylor-Bray Farm -Catherine

Sheep, goats, and cattle enjoying a warm morning at Taylor-Bray Farm in Yarmouth Port.

My mind was set on painting the sheep grazing in this pasture
My mind was set on painting the sheep grazing in this pasture.

 

My mind was set on painting the sheep grazing in this pasture.  Then I noticed the sunlight highlighting the foliage on the trees.

I went to work on the the foliage.  (This is were I only needed to make color notes on my canvas of the foliage so I could get back to painting the sheep).

The light changed quickly, and the sheep moved to the back of the pasture, ugh!  I didn’t take the time to block in a few of the sheep that made up my composition.  It was time to stop… WIPE IT OUT!  Yes, it’s o.k., it is my painting and there will be others… Continue reading “Patience” at Taylor-Bray Farm -Catherine

Frigid morning! & The Cape Codder – Catherine

As expected, there were not many out painting on this windy and cold 32º morning.  David Farquhar was surprised, and it was a fun surprise to find this picture in The Cape Codder, December 12, 2014 issue!  Thank you David for your enthusiasm!  -Catherine

Catherine photo by David Farquhar - The Cape Codder 12/12/14
Photo by David Farquhar – The Cape Codder, Catherine painting at Skaket Beach 32º
Britt painting on that 32º morning at Skaket
Britt painting on that 32º morning at Skaket