that’s the simplified version
of how to get there from here
-in terms of painting, that is
not the how to get somewhere on a Vespa!
p.s. with apologies for the bad photography
my little inexpensive camera just isn’t doing it
and lighting is the bane of my existence
whether it’s when painting or when photographing
so please bear with me….
at Camille Przewodek‘s workshop in Provincetown, MA
we started with the famous block studies
it’s the color version of practicing scales in music
they look simple – but hard work
and i have a ways to go to really “get it”
i’m already eager to go home,
chop and paint blocks,
and continue to practice in my backyard!!
good thing it isn’t scales…
with my lack of musical talent
i’d only succeed in annoying the neighbors
at any rate, it feels good to be back playing with paint!
painted this view of the canal outside Sandwich
wanted to experiment getting the color of the water
was a great wrap up to a great day
that started with…
in the morning i went over to Sandy Neck
i chatted with a regular walker and mentioned i was there to paint
she told me where she sees other artists set up their easels and
YUP! GREAT view of the dunes! THANKS!
and then i gave it away – YAY!
i’m trying something new
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So all in all
had a FABULOUS time on the Cape
(helps to have friends to stay with – thanks J&D)
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several of my trips into Boston
were focused on the bridge over the swan pond
(i even got to see them put the boats into the water!
the swans? they came when i wasn’t there – harrumpf)
i did several sketches and then went in to get some reference photos
TWICE – i forgot to adjust the resolution on my camera the first time!
did someone mention “time and effort” – yeah, i go through a lot of that!
alas i do not have any pictures of me painting but several tourists do!
i prefer the ones who ask over the ones who think i don’t notice ;)
mostly because i like the friendly interaction
but either way, i ‘m tickled pink; i’m a tourist attraction!
for those of you interested in how the studio process goes
i use photos and the sketches that i did on location
i changed a tree or two… two or three times
and several variations of the building on the right
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i made several excursions to the Boston Public Garden this spring
in some very cold weather at first
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taking a break from painting in Boston
i dropped by the River Bend Farm Visitor’s Center
for the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park
it was a glorious spring day!
my friend and i set up quickly
and wouldn’t you know
in changing paintboxes i forgot my tripod attachment!
it’s a good thing my chair was in my vehicle
and i could comfortably put my paintbox on my lap
always an adventure!
but then again
i think that’s why i do it…
in Boston again
i am really loving painting in the city
last friday i setup outside the Children’s Museum
to paint one of the Boston Tea Party ships
(no kids, it’s not a pirate ship!)
i want to do a larger work in my studio
and am “studying” the pieces that will go into it
and i’m just plain enjoying painting on site
especially enjoying the people who drop by
many curious children – my pleasure to share
already can’t wait to get back in there
but this week is yard work week
but then again… if i work fast
maybe friday :)
of course it helps that i have lunch
with a very dear friend
every time i go in
i could get used to this :)
i intend to get used to this!
i made another trip into Boston
(expect more visits between now and Memorial Day)
i found a shady place to sit
since i haven’t set up my umbrella yet
(painting in full sun can make a painting too dark…
and both palette and painting need to be in the same light while working
so the colors don’t get skewed)
i found a place with a nice view
and i liked the boats in the foreground
what boats? you ask
in my case
they moved my boat!!
note to self
start with the moveable objects
or better yet
i think i’ll paint the tea party boats
they don’t move!
p.s. it’s ok – i got them back – i moved the custom house!
Where’s the mud?
seems i miscalculated… or mother nature did!
it was still winter when i went to Vermont in march
to participate in Charlie Hunter’s Paint Out
but the warm company of the fellow frozen-@** artists kept us all going!
[Charlie's work is truly inspirational (regardless of what his cats say); check it out!]
i got to meet a woman who said her father helped build this beautiful but no longer used bridge – cool!
and then by afternoon, cool was decidedly colder
or maybe it was just the sleet bouncing off our palettes
that made it seem colder
but these two gas pumps seemed happy enough – almost robot-like!
when it snowed we stayed around our base, the Grafton Inn
still working with Charlie’s limited palette of colors
i pulled out my trusty palette knife for a change up
then we tried an outing to Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center
but had to call it quits a bit early
when the wind wasn’t knocking over our easels
the sun would pop out for a little snow blindness!
plus i dropped it in the snow TWICE trying to put it away
did i mention we laughed a lot that week
Hint of Spring (oil, 8×10) Click to purchase
while most of the others were painting the frozen stream
i was desperately seeking a hint of Spring –
there was a tiny tiny bit of green in there at my feet!
then off to the maple sugar house by Tom Burns & Family & Friends
we were privileged to see the WOOD-fueled! operation underway
and guess what i found to paint?
i found a 1971 Triumph motorcycle hiding from winter under a tarp
Tom said that i could uncover it – i was almost too excited to paint!
that painting stayed behind; i came home with
the BEST MAPLE SYRUP !!!
loaded with antioxidants, i hear – great trade if you ask me!
[to see Tom's comments, check out this article]
we all had such a great time
i think most of the last day
was spent looking forward to next year!
just don’t ask us to sing ;-)
trust me; it’s for your own good!
so these are my souvenirs
mostly “sketches” or “field studies”
not finished works
but placeholders to come back to
soon, i hope :-)
but maybe without the snow…
i had such a great time in Vermont
-in spite of the cold… wind… sleet… snow…
…oh you know: WINTER!
that i went into Boston on friday
and had a positive experience painting
that’s a big deal, really : -)
since i’m not expecting a fully successful painting at this point
so it’s all about process and the overall enjoyment
Boston took on new possibilities for me
and now i really look forward to trying again
still tweaking the equipment, of course
meanwhile i’ll fill in with pictures from Vermont
in prep for my newsletter at the end of this week
but for now
back to my store bought tulips!