As evident from my last post 1 1/2 years ago it is official I am not a blogger. I had a great year. I took some great workshops with Mark Boedges, Tim Horn and Jon Redmond. They were all really great generous instructors, and I took away a little something from all three that I still think about to this day when I paint.
Farmer's Market Bouquet
Of these five paintings, the one I am happiest with is the detail of the Zinnias. I love the colors and I felt like I had success working with the palette knife and working in layers to create some depth. Jon Redmond does a lot of constructing and deconstructing. using transparent darks and more opaque lights, scraping, applying paint, scraping...... This has always been really uncomfortable for me to scrape away something that may be working to create another layer and some happy surprises. When it works it is magical, When it doesn't it's frustrating, but then you scrape again!
I was most proud of myself for the sunflower painting. I was driving home from VT and my plan had been to stop along the way and paint a plain air painting. My car had different plans. It died on the side of I-93 in Concord NH. I did get it going again and my mechanic thought it might make it home, at least I may make it the 11 miles to be within the AAA 100 mile distance! I made it driving backroads the entire way. But it was getting late and I didn't want to risk stopping to paint and then having car issues in the dark. So I got home,exhausted and managed to paint the sunflowers!