Day 1. Painting near the mansion where the chamber musicians practiced. Looking across a huge expanse of grass at low buildings and mountains. "How about eliminating the sky?" said Frank. Done.
Mountains and More
11x14 oil on canvas
Day 2. Decided I loved this willow near the pond. Spent most of the day frustrated with the process of finding the right values, colors and composition to do justice to the poor tree. Melissa was using charcoal so I borrowed a piece and went at it, adding in lines and darkening the values..lots of fun.
Willow Near the Pond
12x16 oil and charcoal on canvas
Day 3. Determined to portray this willow I drew the composition in charcoal and then painted it, using the charcoal to enhance the values and leave some drawing elements.
10x10 charcoal and oil on board
Day 3 afternoon assignment. We had been told to bring images, commercial or photos, that we would use to create a landscape. I found some interesting ones courtesy of magazines from a friend Martha and used them to come up with this unintentionally wacky landscape. Frank even asked if this was my therapy session! Maybe :) The woman is either running from the green monster, or sad she only has half a house or....
The assignment then was to paint a picture of the collage. Here's the painting. I was encouraged to do more of these.
11x14 acrylic on canvas
Day 4. BJ, a fellow student invited me to paint near her in the field where there was newly baled hay. A beautiful scene--we were at the top of a hill in a large field that had just been hayed. Thanks, BJ.
10x10 oil on board
Day 4 continued. I returned to the studio with enough time to complete this painting at the suggestion of the teacher. The light was dramatic and the roof lines/angles were a fun challenge. All the building in this grouping had different color doors, hence the red door.
The Red Door
12x12 oil on canvas
Day 5. Compelled to paint the big view of the "quad" I taped 3 10x10 canvases onto another long canvas and spent the morning looking at this incredible view. As almost always happens, the first go at the painting captured the scene and I should have stopped there. As time progressed it got hazier, the values diminished and I finished up. I'm not displeased with the results but glad I to a pic of the half-done image as a reminder of that fresh start that's so thrilling. One should follow the advice of the teacher, "You should paint this as if your only have an hour left." Next time :)
Tryptic-10x30 oil on canvas