I really do some kind of art almost every day but I get side tracked and don't post about it as often. I need to catch you up I guess. After the Artists Breakfast last Tuesday it was such a terrific day - one of those transition Summer to Fall days where the sky was bright and clear with big puffy, billowy clouds; the wind might come up kind of day - but it didn't. Not too hot- Not too cold- It was just perfect! I talked Celeste into going to a big park just off Vermont that has nothing but big open space with lots of trees and of course the abandoned neighborhood baseball diamond. School's in so there was hardly anyone there but the occasional strolling couple or mom pushing a stroller.
We commandeered a picnic table and just enjoyed the day. Then it was off to get a coffee. The Cafe Auto Grill is in this same neighborhood Where we grabbed an outdoor table and sketched some more.
Celeste took a picture of my sketch there before we finished and the paint was still wet but when I got home I risked ruin and added more color, value, and detail just because it wanted to.... and it worked out!
At least I think it did. Do you think I improved it?
I guess it's fifty-fifty if you want pickles on your tuna san. There will be an Opening Reception tomorrow - Sunday, the 12th at the Oregon Society of Artists for the fall Juried Show. Ed Labeadie was the juror. He's an abstract water media artist from the Hillsboro area. Please drop by and have a glass of wine and see who got a ribbon. I thought there were some very good pieces from the juried members.Maybe I'll see you there.
I'm still digging through old paintings, there are tons of them. An old graphics artist friend from home once told me never to throw out my old work because you just never know. I don't know if he meant old crappy paintings but none the less, I pile them up. I already put several hours in this but put it aside. Now I think I see my drawing errors and I think it isn't that far from being finished. I'll let you know how it turns out.
I thought I would tell you the shells are broken - I ate them for breakfast and put them back to paint them. I didn't get around to finishing them till late last night. I thought about adding pen but resisted; maybe start with pen on another.
Our Plein air group that meets Monday night didn't meet because the 'Canvas' bistro was closed for Labor Day. I took one of the sketches I did from last week (on better) paper and put in a background and enhanced some of the darks. I was sorry I had outlined with the Pitt pen. It might have been a not so bad little figure study in just watercolor.