While Philip and Catherine were at Monhegan Island this past summer, I thought it would be a great idea to head out to Skaket Beach and to paint the sunrise. So I did.
The point of this post, for me, is that as we have ventured out into the “art” world, painting outside in public places really opens one up for all sorts of things. One of those interesting things is when people walk by your set up easel and want to see what you are painting. As a beginner, it is really sort of intimidating in a way because the silence can be deafening. Anyhow, this particular day we set up in the West End Lot in Provincetown, looking out over to the wharf and here is the result. Britt
From this lot we had great scenic views and subjects to paint. We ended up facing different directions. I painted facing the open water, and Britt painted Captain Jack’s Wharf. The clouds on this day were amazing. Enjoy the gallery! Catherine
I liked this flat bottom boat at Mill Pond Landing. Click here for link to Mill Pond Landing. The angle of the boat resting on the hill and the tree trunks made strong shadows. I was hoping to capture these shadows to give the impression that the boat was resting on a hill in my painting. I didn’t bother putting in the leaves. I am learning that there are times I just want to work on one aspect of a painting.
You don’t have to put everything that you see in front of you in your painting. My husband, Philip, always encourages me to “keep it simple!” This way I don’t put pressure on myself to complete a painting in one attempt. I can focus my attention on one or two challenges that day. -Catherine
This is the first time I set out to paint with my painting umbrella. No glare from the sun– extra sun protection for me! It was a windy day and I am glad I purchased an umbrella that has wind vents.
This umbrella has clamps and rotating arms. For me, that meant adjusting, readjusting, and fumbling (hilarious!)… no fault of the umbrella, it is a great design. Painting a boat in the water on a windy day is another challenge because the wind kept turning the boat around! Snow Shore Landing. -Catherine
Sooo, as I attempted to explain in my previous posts, I am working on a specific technique that I have either been reading about or someone has explained to me — last time I was concentrating on not just hurrying and almost panicking to get paint on the canvas and tried to block in the darks and the lights that I saw. This day we were painting at the Taylor Bray Farm and I wanted to add one more layer to my study.
That layer is to think about where the light source is, where it is coming from, and what color is it.
I really don’t get yet how to determine the color of the light — I think I am getting there, but this study is about continuing to take my time to block out the color AND to think carefully about the light.
This is a photo of my very first attempt at oil painting last March. What I hope that it conveys is the theme of this blog. To be specific that theme is to have patience in yourself and to allow your personal journey in this world to be exactly what it is supposed to be. For a while, and I really, don’t know why actually, I wanted to put paint on a canvas in a sort of bold ish way. so without study, classes, or much knowledge at all, I just did it. For me, the patience is being ok with, or comfortable with the knowledge that just getting out there and doing it, is a good thing. The practice then is to continue to show up to paint, or to run, or to swim, and to hopefully reach another level.
I did take a picture of the beach that morning and printed the photo back home. I painted this, the first picture, from that photo.
It might be worth considering if you are a bit nervous of just setting up your easel outside in front of the whole world:) that you start slowly and have patience with yourself.
Walking with our dogs one morning, Britt and I talked about how lucky we are to be able to exercise while enjoying the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod. Britt was explaining to me triathlon training. That let me to tell Britt how much fun I am having learning to paint plein air (painting outdoors instead of indoors) with my husband Philip.
I am grateful to my husband Philip for introducing me to the world of plein air painting– encouraging me to have patience and sharing his knowledge of plein air painting with me. Most importantly, making all the times we paint together a fun adventure!
Britt talked about trying plein air painting. Not letting cold, wet weather get in our way of walking our dogs, we decided not to wait for a nice spring day to paint.
We met at Skaket Beach and set up our easels… all bundled up with warm clothing. We accomplished what we set out to do. The fun on this day for me was helping to introduce plein air painting to Britt. Learning how to set up an easel and squeeze out paint from a tube can be challenging in cold, windy weather wearing gloves and bulky clothing.
Back then, close to a year ago, March 2014, we never planned on starting a blog. But here we go…
My challenge to myself that day was to paint rocks. Rocks are difficult subjects to paint for me. Lots of angles and shadows. I set up by some boulders and here is my painting. Catherine