Beautiful weather today, warm and sunny. I had a little time to paint outdoors near the River Trail Nature Center.
Here are some of the paintings from Pickeral Lake. I chose the same view from the cottage’s front yard as last year, but I think this attempt turned out better. My nieces and daughters were very productive with watercolors, and held a successful art show on the beach the next day.
Memorial Day – the girls wanted to try plein air painting in the backyard, in the heat. I felt a bit wilted by the time they got going. I am not happy with my very quick cloud study, but I love the girls’ paintings. This is Meredith’s first try with oil paints. Holly says hers is a sculpture. I’ve been admiring the paintings of Roos Schuring, a plein air painter in the Netherlands. I’m amazed by her work, and I love watching her video demos.
Whoo! Another gorgeous morning. I spent about 2 hours in the Grove, Glenview’s outdoor history and nature museum. I walked around quite a while looking for a view that was a little wild and woodsy, but with simple forms. The moon caught my eye. I followed the steps Laurel Daniel laid out in a recent post: block in, upright plane, ground plane, sky plane, refinement. Not sure why I feel so out of control painting outside. At one point I felt like I was mixing cake batter on the panel. The photo has a lot of glare. I may repost it later, but I’ve put off my chores long enough.
It was a beautiful day. I spent an hour and a half painting at Beck Lake this morning. Painting outdoors is complicated and full of distraction. I’ll try to do more plein air this year, and get a better feel for it. I may work on this painting more tomorrow, indoors. Two inspiring artists who do beautiful landscapes and frequently paint en plein air: David Westerfield and Laurel Daniel.
I set up my easel in the front yard yesterday so I could try an oil sketch while I watched the kids play. Pretty soon the girls and a friend wanted to paint, too, so we got the watercolors out. The weather was so fine, it was great.