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Is it o.k. to approach a plein air artist working on a painting?

People have asked if there is a polite way to approach a plein air artist while the artist is out painting.

Unless the artist is on a deadline to complete the painting, most artists will welcome your interest in their work.  That being said, you can’t possibly know without breaking the artists concentration.

If you want to see the finished painting…

If you would like to see the finished painting, hand the artist your email address and request an image of the completed painting.  Most artists will appreciate you being considerate of their work time and happily send you an image, or give you the name of a gallery where the painting will be exhibited.   Hope this helps!  – Catherine

 

Head & Figure painting -Catherine

I want to start adding figures of people to my paintings, but for me, capturing a likeness of someone on a canvas is very difficult.

Drawing by Jack Hamm
Drawing by Jack Hamm

Today I’m reading a book called “Drawing The Head & Figure” by Jack Hamm.  Click here for a link to this book.  Being a visual learner, Jack Hamm’s book does it for me.  His step-by-step drawings present good visual explanations of the structure of the head & figure and how to draw them.

I have a large sketch pad and am practicing what I learned from this book while watching T.V..  This way I have many opportunities to quickly draw the same face while it is changing expression and direction.

 

television and sketching
I filled the page with egg shapes facing different directions.

 

By filling the page with egg shapes and directional markings, I can quickly switch back and forth as the head turns.

This was a fun practice!

 

television and sketching
The woman I was drawing had many different expressions for me to practice. -Catherine

Foreground and distance -Catherine

This is a view of Mount Whiteface in Waterville Valley, N.H., from The N.H. Lakes Region.  MT. Whiteface, NHI new this would be a painting lesson in pushing the mountain back into the distance, far away from the trees in the snow covered foreground.  It was a clear day, and the clouds were casting dark shadows on the mountain range.  Not having my painting equipment with me, I snapped this photo and worked on this painting in the studio.

Mount Whiteface NH
I blocked in the darks, lights, and the cloud shadows

Mount Whiteface NH

I used the white birches and snow to show foreground, and muted colors in the mountain range to show distance.

Mount Whiteface NH
View of Mount Whiteface, NH, by Catherine

 

Flower arrangement paintings -Catherine

I like to remember flowers that are given to me by painting them.  Here are two flower arrangements that Philip gave to me that I painted.  Click here for link to Flowers by Mary.

White flowers -Catherine
White flowers – by Flowers by Mary, Orleans
White flowers and jug -Catherine
White flowers and jug  Catherine
flowers and candle stick -Catherine
New Years – I love my starfish candle sticks!

Continue reading Flower arrangement paintings -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

Plein Air Painting on Monhegan Island -Catherine

“Monhegan Island… a Maine plantation” 

If you are looking for an east coast “plein air” painting destination with panoramic ocean views, well maintained hiking trails, and you want to feel totally immersed in art history and culture, you should check out Monhegan Island.  (Monhegan Island click here).

I can see why this island is an artist and an art collector destination.

(Monhegan Island Light click here ).

Ferry to Monhegan
Glad to have My Art Cocoons!

A short ferry ride from Port Clyde, brought Philip and me to a harbor nestled between Monhegan Island and Manana Island.  Ray Eugene Phillips made Manana Island his home for many years, living alone, but also knowing that there was a neighborly connection with the islanders across the harbor.  (click here for Ray Eugene Phillips).

(My Art Cocoon click here).

Brackett & Son, Monhegan
Picking up supplies, Monhegan aug2014

Monhegan is alive with a strong sense of community from the people who’s daily routines contribute to making this island flourish.  Walking around the island we pass many local and visiting artists painting, and many Island artists provide a seasonal trail map inviting the public to visit their art studios.   Continue reading Plein Air Painting on Monhegan Island -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

 

Monhegan Island, Maine – sunrise challenge -Catherine

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Monhegan Island, Maine Aug2014

“Accepting” Britt’s sunrise challenge was the easy part when I was on Monhegan Island in Maine .  The real challenge was capturing the amazing sky that morning.  You might see from these photos I kind of lost my way.

I kept painting past sunrise and eventually lost my focus.  Soon the sun was up, casting wonderful shadows, and I lost my dramatic sky.  I’ll keep my focus on the sunrise next time.  Click here to see how Britt captured and kept the dramatic sunrise colors back home on the Cape!

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Monhegan Island, Maine by Catherine

Thank you Britt for the sunrise challenge!  -Catherine