I actually signed up to take another lesson this time Plein Air.
I packed my bag with water for me and my paper on what was to be a beautiful but hot day at my first attempt. I had the hat but no umbrella. I had my Easel and actually, even in the wind, it stayed up! I added sunscreen to my face all day but tanned my arms. I took out my sketchbook and tried to draw the scene I wanted to try and capture but even though it looked easy it was not. I also had to set the easel up with my back to the scene I wanted as the white paper in that bright sun would have done my eyes in fast. Seems there is a lot to this painting a scene outdoors. I have the equipment, water and the most glorious scene of a Hampton Beach Marsh with a nest of Osprey what more did I need lol LOTS.
I sketched and then added water to my paper lots of it and mixed my pretty blues for an amazing sky then I laid in all my light washes for the scene I do not paint this way but I was going to try. I saved all month for the $85 fee which included lunch and a critique worth every penny with Doris Rice and her experienced group who will follow her across the world I just personally like her as we are members of SAA in Exeter.
I loved my initial washes lite and pretty it was after all early am along the water’s edge surrounded by a high tide in this tidal area were grassy sections going from yellows to greens to darks I really thought it would be so easy SURPRISE it was NOT! The next class will be drawing! I am determined to learn all I can.
I will do it again soon very soon hey maybe down beside my river it is a pretty spot too and how bad can I mess up greens lol if you know painting you know what I face.
Thanks for listening.
Have a great week!