So I did a few other paintings during our stay in Mazatlan. These were either painted plein air or using photo references from the previous day or two. It really does make a difference, when using photos, to have been present in those experiences: to remember the colors and atmosphere, the sounds and movement of those places and then to communicate that life into the paintings. Here are four of the ones I'm ready to share. I have a few more that I want to ponder over. Learning to capture believable figures on canvas is a new challenge I'm taking on and I have some great photo references from a visiting Mariachi band that I would love to paint.
Going to Mexico midwinter has become an annual event...we need the sunshine and a reunion with the Pacific Ocean! I brought along paints and easel, did a little plein air painting, and morning painting from the photos taken the day before (those will be in a later post). I still feel "not ready for primetime" when it comes to painting plein air in more populated parts of the city. Plus, I think my body guard spouse would get kind of restless after an hour or so. He was terrific, however, at Cerritos beach, watching out for me while I was occasionally surrounded by ninos and ninas. My take-away lesson that day was: wear double strength sunblock! The next several days involved dealing with a first degree sunburn :((
Hello! My name is Wendy and I am passionate about oil painting! Whether in the studio or out in Mother Nature, I get lost in the experience of capturing on canvas the moment and the feel of what I am painting. I pour my love and energy into every single piece of artwork and I hope it shows! This blog is a place where I can use words to talk about art, painting, life, faith, things that make me laugh, and things that inspire. I love every response, so don't be shy about leaving a comment...