Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Laneway at Cedar Valley Resort

Carol Berry, Laneway at Cedar Valley Resort. oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2011.

I felt a bit silly and public when I ended up painting a scene right across the lane way from our own trailer at Cedar Valley Resort. I had lots of visitors who passed me on the way to and from the swimming pond. Everyone's comments were supportive and I soon relaxed and finished this up in a couple of hours. 

My goal this summer is to learn how to be decisive with my brushstrokes, meaning I have to get the colour right before I paint it. In my mind I liken this approach to my old marker rendering days.  

This spring I googled pochade box and the first entry was a local Kijiji ad for a EasyL Lite pochade kit for a hundred bucks. I was lucky enough to buy it and I love this new set up, can't say enough about how well this box is constructed and its accessories planned. Special features that I like is that the painting panel is high, allowing the palette to be low and my shoulder to be kept in a relaxed natural position. I also like how the tripod (which came with the kit) has a wider setting for its legs making the whole kit more stable. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Swimming Pond at Cedar Valley Resort

Carol Berry, Swimming Pond at Cedar Valley Resort. oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2011.

This is my first plein air landscape painting of the summer, done in a couple of hours, a month ago at our trailer park. Cedar Valley Resort is much more like an Ontario Provincial Park and is the opposite of average trailer parks, I love that each lot is quite private, surrounded by trees and tall cedar hedges. 

Last summer I painted my landscapes in the hot sun on the side of lonely country roads and I got a few nasty sunburns. I have decided to park my plein air setup in the shade this summer and so far I am loving it! No sunburn and no need to attach my easel umbrella, vastly simplifying setup and reducing the risk of having the wind topple everything over. This was my first test with my new EasyL Lite pochade box, it passed with flying colours - it is a very well made and thought-out kit.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Perrier Water

Carol Berry, Perrier Water. oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2011.

After a whole year of planning and making a homemade pochade box, I finally used the kit and immediately found a critical flaw, I was tensing my shoulder because the palette was too high and close to the painting. I paid a severe price the whole following week with an immobile and painful shoulder. 

Did this indoors at our trailer on a rainy Sunday, grabbed what ever was around, the goal was to get painting!