Sunday, August 30, 2009


Stayed in Ocean City for 3 nights.

This is what we saw from our balcony on the bay. The morning light was so fresh.

Sunset. Sunsets are hard to paint but I tried. The painting got a little dirty on the trip.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

2 studies today

In Carol's class. We were in Shawan Downs.

9 x 12

9 x 12

Sunday, August 23, 2009

2 paintings today

Bermuda sky, 9 x 12

Desert Cafe, 9 x 12

Both are painted from photos. Painting from photos is not necessarily an evil--but we do have to have plenty of plein air painting experiences to back it up. I took these photos myself and I can remember how it was there then...Sometimes a painting from photo references doesn't turn out well, but it's okay. It's just that being able to paint from photos--and make it not look like a photo--tremendously expands your ability as a painter. You know, sometimes it's not always feasible to paint outside from the real thing. Granted, inside the studio, you don't have that urgency, that adrenaline high you experience when you're painting outside, but you gain more ease and more time--which could work for or against you. So--it's almost better if you paint fast!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

2 studies today

Went to Eastport. It's really Annapolis. Painted behind the Annapolis Maritime Museum.

After the rain, 11 x 14

Looking out, 12 x 16

My palette at the end of the day.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

2 studies today

Did in Carol's class. I think it was Oakland Heights farm? The second one I did really fast because it was half an hour before class ended and again I was exposed in the sun--Hot!

Monday, August 17, 2009

4 studies today

Two in Thomas Point Park. Disappointed because the Thomas Point lighthouse is half a mile away on the water. Can't really see it and paint it.

Two in Quiet Waters Park. Painted these two in the afternoon in the sun. It was so hot it's unbelievable. And we had to hurry so much because the boat rental people did not want us to block the dock for their customers. So we had to paint very quick and then leave--but then really, we couldn't last that much longer anyway (about an hour). The heat was killing us!

Friday, August 14, 2009

4 studies today

two in Monkton

two on the way to Lock Raven

All on 9x12 panels. I need to order more Raymar panels! It really gets expensive...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Artists I like - John Burton

An artist based in California. Great use of colors.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Artists I like - Ben Fenske

A young artist who studied at The Florence Academy of Art. So lively!