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