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Dipping in


Dipping in

Dipping in

This is a plein painting I did during the pandemic in watercolor. It is of a small pool in the backyard, which had gathered water from the rain over the winter.

Plein air painting at a wedding

Plein air painting at a wedding

Recently I was requested to do a plein air painting at a wedding, which I did. I decided to write up the process for the Plein Air magazine's website. It can be read at

https://www.outdoorpainter.com/plein-air-wedding-painting/

Mission Statue

Mission statue

Mission Statue

I did this painting in my watercolor class of a scene at a mission. I placed the statue which is the main focus, just off center, and the lines of the tiles along with the dark arch lead the eyes right to it. The foreground planter and middle ground plants are done with less detail than the statue. There is a lot of negative painting in this piece.

Jacarandas - plein air and studio paintings

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Jacaranda trees at Fairmount Park (plein air and studio paintings)

I did the first piece recently when the jacaranda trees were in full bloom at Fairmount Park. It was done in about 1.5 hours, as I just wanted the colors and placement of objects right. I followed up by doing the painting on the right, by getting in more details, but without looking at any of the photos which I have taken there. I added a few distant details to add interest to the backgrounds. The jetty on the right is for launching the small sailboats, in which the city gives summer classes. This park has become a favorite haunt for me, to paint different things in different seasons, sometimes with my group and sometimes by myself.

A smart travel palette

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My new travel palette

I saw this palette advertised and thought it to be a really neat idea, so I bought it for my last trip abroad. The paints come in shallow wells, and the holders fan out to paint or slide back into place forming a compact block, which is easy to pack and carry. It comes with a brush pen with an incorporated water tank, 42 colors and a mixing palette and a sponge to wipe the brush,. I used it on this little 3" x 5 " sketch I made with a black Pitt pen, which has permanent ink. The wash went over the drawing, which I did in a garden.