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Taking a risk – painting in Provincetown

Provincetown
Captain Jack’s Wharf, oil by Britt

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

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Mill Pond – flat bottom boat – plein air – 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

Plein air using a painting umbrella – Catherine

Boat at Snow Shore CB
Boat at Snow Shore Landing Nov2014 by 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

Late April – Mill Pond

As you can tell from these photos of this painting excursion, I have a long way to go with color.

This is a photograph of what I was trying to capture.

 

Photo of Mill Pond - Late April
Photo of Mill Pond

The colors that i put on the canvas in the photos below are much too vibrant and bold  and as you can see with the initial blocking of color – the undertones were too bright for this day.    Soooo much to learn and to practice.

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Trying to follow the rules for blocking in shapes
Mill Pond - Late April
After a couple of hours of painting – so much to learn about color

 

Scoop from the coop! – painting my chickens – Catherine

Scoop from the coop!
The girls – Fiona, Molly, & Mona Lisa

Not only do I look forward to finding an egg in the nesting box, I am enjoying learning how to paint my chickens.  Anyone who has chickens for the pleasure of having fresh eggs understands how quickly they become fun, family pets.  What I am practicing, is trying to capture the softness of their feathers and personality in their movements.

Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa hitching a ride!

We have a beautiful hen, named Mona Lisa.  Her feathers are a shiny, black iridescence in color.  Molly is our country hen, with her spotted feathers.  Sadly, we recently lost our Fiona, the colors of her feathers were similar to a pheasant.  We’ve all seen white and brown eggs, but Fiona laid a robin’s blue colored egg:  Enough about my chickens– back to painting them.

 

Nasturtiums and coop
Garden view of the coop
Nasturtiums and chickens
Nasturtiums and chickens by Catherine

I painted the nasturtiums and coop plein air.  The chickens were added back in the studio. Catherine

 

 

 

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