Monday, August 6, 2012

Plein Air Painting Big Bear

Photo was taken in full sun, but I painted this underneath park it was important to see the colors in full light...
to compare to the real view before I left.  Photo below is so different!

Black and white photo option on my camera is a great tool!

The colors shifted by the moment... with warm hues in the foreground
 and actually teal cool blues in the distant hillside...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Could you ask for more in Provence?

At our favorite cafe in Venasque ordering... what a wonderful group of artistic friends!!!!!
TARTE Tartin... once.. twice...Mai oui!!!

Watercoloring Fountain of Venasque

Watercolor painting in Venasque, France....NO PARKING, but YES PAINTING!

Pencil sketches and preliminary washes...of watercolor paint, that is!

'Venasque is such a charming village!!!  To capture the 'life' of the village in my art,
 I chose to paint the centerpiece... this wonderful fountain.

One of my students, Judy, watches so intently as I explain the levels of washes and allowing time to dry int between applications....
...and of course, we have the usual challenges one faces as a plein air artist... how to paint around sudden changes to the view...
Its starting to come together... Susan joins in and we discuss our plans for lunch at the cafe nearby with the most AMAZING
Tarte Tarin!   Ann waits patiently at the fountain and Doris keeps on painting...