Elk Rock plein air
Above is the result of today's outing with our plein air group at the Bishop's Close at Elk Rock in Dunthorpe. I feel that I am edging closer to getting a finished painting out of these outdoor sessions. It always seems to fall short, and this is no exception, but though this photo doesn't show it, I did manage to capture a bit of the lighting effect that declared glorious summer. The temperature was perfect, the company of four additonal painters made the day enjoyable no matter the results, and we may return to this spot next week to work at getting closer to our individual goals.
Top of Oswego Creek, Algae Effect 12x16
This above piece is a study I have been working on this week, concurrently with a larger canvas of the same subject. I thought that I might forge through each step on the smaller piece and then switch to the larger one while I still remembered what I was doing, but in the end it seemed not to be a very effective approach. I might have done better to just complete the smaller one first. The foreground is unresolved and the gunk floating on the water needs lots more work, everything needs more, but I am switching my focus to the larger canvas now.
Another portrait sketch. I don't know why I like them so rough around the edges, so unrefined, but I guess my intent is to get to a likeness quickly and worry about making nice paintings later. As soon as I feel I have captured the personality, I stop. I understand this can't be the end game, but for now it seems to be a satisfying exercise. This may be the downside of the self-taught: an instructor might nip this in the bud and smack my hands with a ruler.