Saturday, May 21, 2016

Plein Air Painting at Pheasant Branch May 19th

Enjoyed a beautiful morning at Pheasant Branch Trail in Middleton on Thursday with the group.  My painting is a view of Pheasant Branch Creek (soft pastel on handmade textured support).

Friday, May 20, 2016

Another Fine Day Painting

We had a nice sunny morning at Pheasant Branch Creek.  I tried painting the water reflections in the creek but didn't get a painting out of it.  Here's my painting from last week at Indian Lake after I took it home, wiped out the sky and re-painted it. On site I was chasing a cloud pattern and never quite got the sky I wanted.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Plein Air Painting at Pheasant Branch May 19th 8 AM - Noon

We will meet on Thursday May 19th at 8am for painting at Pheasant Branch Conservancy.  (See events calendar for details)  It is also a great spot for birdwatching so you may wish to bring binoculars.  A very busy paved path runs through this conservancy with many joggers and cyclists much of the day so do not set up for painting on the path.  Also please be mindful this is a nature conservancy so we do want to be careful of wild life and vegetation.  That said there are places out of the way of traffic and plants.  And there are benches to sit on throughout the conservancy.  It a beautiful place especially early in the morning.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Indian Lake May 12th

12x16 watercolor on hot press paper
It was a bit windy but Tom, Kung, Reisa and I painted yesterday at Indian Lake.  There were great clouds blowing around but hard to paint when they change every second.  I stuck to watercolor and painted near the picnic shelter.
Tom painting from alongside the entrance road.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Spring Paintings

I want to first thank Pat and Jan F. for taking photos of all the painters at our first outing.  It was sort of cool but spring is coming and it was nice to just get outside and start the new DCPAPA season.  I was also pleasantly surprised when I read the Sunday "Best" section of the State Journal and they had an article on Jan Norsetter's paintings.  About time they featured some good art instead of the usual modern or conceptual, or post-Da-Da whatever so-called art.  I'm letting my bias show but I get frustrated at times when paintings that take considerable knowledge, skill, and refined aesthetic judgments to create are dismissed as lessor art because of the subject matter or that realism is considered old-fashioned in some sense.

Pat, I appreciated your posting photos of some of my paintings from my Goodman Center show, but the lighting on those paintings was so poor it really bugs me ... so I'm posting a new painting to replace that previous post.  I did this on two separate days, first a careful and somewhat detailed underpainting and then adding the top layer and color the second day.  Quite often I seem to like my underpaintings better than the finished painting.  I may need to figure out why that is.