I've just returned home after 18 days in Scotland, traveling with my husband and 6 dear friends; a trip of a lifetime! Even though prepared for rain and wind, our weather was extraordinary: at least a bit of sun every day! There was wind, usually more than my painting easel could handle, so when there was a couple of free hours I would set up in the room of whatever lodging we were in that day and referenced photos we had taken.
I have to confess that I am still a lot more confident working from photos than painting plein air, but am trying to apply as many of the lessons I've learned every time I paint. The promise I made to myself before the trip was that I would ONLY paint from photos taken ON the trip...all Scotland and nothing else. These are the results...1-2 hour small "sketch" paintings that I can use to reference larger paintings later on. It was so great to be able to play with brushes and color on the long trip and my traveling buddies even allowed me to present a little art show with the results!
A little technical side note: I used 4x6 linen Centurion panels for 4 of the paintings and kept the wet panels separated by using circle "wall protector" buttons; the 2 castle paintings are on 6x8 linen canvas pad which did not accept the paint well at all but dried much more quickly. Always experimenting!
9/30/2016 08:31:36 am
I am always amazed by you...your tenacity, your discipline, your talent, but mostly by your friendship. Missing you greatly!
10/24/2016 05:59:00 pm
And I appreciate your endless encouragement. Missing you too!!
9/30/2016 10:53:51 am
I appreciated more fully the process, discipline, and quick decisions you have to make with each piece, not to mention your talent! Thank-you for the art show!
10/24/2016 06:01:05 pm
You are so welcome! Thanks for the insightful comments!
10/24/2016 06:40:10 am
10/24/2016 06:01:45 pm
Thank you, Ellen! Good to see you last night.
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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...