I want to become a more prolific and proficient plein air painter. My pastel classes, which begin on Tuesday, will be one way of doing just that. I know that masterpastellist Claudia Post will significantly influence my drawing abilities as well as my use of color.
The palette I was working with yesterday was totally different from today's. Yesterday, working primarily in greens, I was putting finishing touches on a second lupine painting from a photograph my husband had taken in Searsport, Maine, a few years ago. Today, when I began, the weather was sunny with the temperature on our deck in the fifties. The first painting is in high key winter colors: whites, greys, blues, browns, pinks. The palette darkened on the second painting as the sun, now shrouded in clouds, dropped further to the west. I hope to finish both paintings tomorrow, though the forecasters are predicting rain.
This is approximately the view that I was painting today. "Waiting for Spring" was completed in February of 2009. I'll be eager to see the difference between the two new paintings and this one.
|Waiting for Spring, oil, 12" x 12"|