Saturday, June 26, 2010

Walsh Road No.2

Carol Berry, Walsh Road No.2, oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2010.

It is another rainy Saturday, so instead of painting I am finally writing this post. So much of my life is geared towards the summer month; sailing, camping and plein air painting. These major activities have to compete for my time with everyday chores, volunteering, friends, family and work. Priorities change as events evolve, but there are constants as well. I love the total peace I feel when out sailing. I love sitting around the campfire with my family. I love succeeding with a difficult visual challenge both in graphic design and in painting. Being able to combine any of these activities is a higher level of success, plein air painting while camping is at that level.

I painted this from the same spot on Walsh Road as the previous post. I framed that painting and gave it to my Dad for Father's Day. This view is facing more to the south. I tried a slightly bigger canvas, my new challenge is to work faster.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Walsh Road No.1

Carol Berry, Walsh Road No.1, 6 x 8 inches. ©2010.

Finally, painting outside! It was an unusually warm day for the first weekend of June, so I wore short shorts, a tank top and crocs. I remembered sunscreen but I thought it was too windy for my fancy new plein air umbrella so I took it down. Big mistake for two reasons. Although I was very happy with my painting, the mid-tones are a bit dark when viewed indoors, because the strong daylight light was so much brighter when painting without my umbrella's shade. And because I was in the direct sunlight, I myself got fried by the sun, but only where I missed with my sunscreen. Particularly horrible are the small circle tan marks on my white feet where the holes in my crocs let in the sun.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Marco's Dynamic Pose

Last week one of my fellow Don Valley Art Club members offered to fill in when our model did not arrive. His pose for the whole three hours was very dynamic, he stood holding a staff and had his body all twisted, even kept his mouth open and his head tilted the whole time, very Michelangelo.