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).
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.
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
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
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.
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.
By filling the page with egg shapes and directional markings, I can quickly switch back and forth as the head turns.
This is a view of Mount Whiteface in Waterville Valley, N.H., from The N.H. Lakes Region. I 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.
I used the white birches and snow to show foreground, and muted colors in the mountain range to show distance.
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.
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. 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→
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 clickhere).
I can see why this island is an artist and an art collector destination.
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 forRay Eugene Phillips).
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→
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