It’s hard to believe that at 6:30 a.m., the temperature is 39º this late in April! Being an optimist, I thought to myself, “if it were early March, I’d be thinking it was a pretty nice day!” The good news is that the blooms on the magnolia tree are a sign that spring is here!
After toning my 12 x 12 canvas panel, I decided to start painting the negative space with some sky color in the distance.
I’m only going to work with a few colors and hope I get a nice feeling.
I wanted to paint a group of blossoms with only a scattering showing details.
Toning my canvas is something I don’t always do. I did today and I like the way I could map out the light and dark areas for my composition.
I did have a mishap this morning… It was windy, and I didn’t take the time to weigh down my easel (you know where this is going!). After I picked up my stuff, and brushed off the sand and grass, it was time to pack up. The blossoms with have to be added another day. But, this was a great morning!
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.
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
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