Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Last week I was fortunate enough to be included in the third annual Plein Air for Camphill event hosted at Beaver Farms that is done to help raise funds for the Camp Hill Special School.
David rode out with me despite the terrible weather, it was raining cats and dogs on Philly, but the rain out near Valley Forge and near the farm was just overcast. I parked my jeep and got straight to work and it was threatening to rain again, so I figured we needed to get cranking before a cloud burst might call it a day. Here you can see me blocking in my painting ( Thanks to Nancy B for the photo)
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
The group gathered at the end of the pier and set up, Diane, Dave and Charles were there when we arrived and we all started painting away, lots of dynamic views to choose from!
The group discusses Dave's painting before he has to leave.
This is the final painting, I am pretty happy with the values and feel, the drawing gets wonky in spots, but sometimes you have to sacrifice some exactness when working fast to get the spirit of what lies before you.
Will was in full concentration here, even me blocking his view didn't stop him!
This was my first painting which was around 3 hours I suppose, maybe a bit less. Each time one of the Duck Boats would come around I'd race to paint it a bit more, they ran on a 20-30 minute loop. This was 10 x 20.
Monday, June 11, 2012
For the groups third outing to paint in the city last Thursday we ended up at the Philadelphia Museum of art at the Fairmount Waterworks, located right behind the PMA. Originally we had wanted to all head down to the Race Street Pier, but a phone call from Aaron, one of our group who lives near there warned us that the pier was closed for some wedding, or event. So Lexi suggested the PMA and the waterworks so we all detoured there which was a great choice. The Museum and the Waterworks are probably two of the most beautiful and scenic areas of the city, and the Waterworks has been a spot that many, many painting classes and workshops have taken advantage of to paint the beautiful landscape where you can see how beautiful the city can be. We had great cloud formations all day as the weatherman called for the increased possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. But the day was so beautiful it sort of cast a spell on all of us.
Alina set up not to far from where I was so I was able to sneak over and snap pics of her progress on her painting as she worked on it. Once I got hunkered down myself I didn't get so watch the others as much.
Here is my final painting of the waterworks and little lagoon. I decided to go for more of a square composition this time as opposed to the typical horizontal composition. I am happy with this painting, even happier than the ones I did last week as I feel the composition is much stronger and more interesting with the perspective of the canal leading us back.
Here is Rachel Constantine's rough block-in of one of the Waterwork Gazebos.
We all would draw a crowd of curious on-lookers as we painted, here you can see a few onlookers watching Rachel painting.
Eventually the storm clouds did force our hand and the light changed too much so we all packed it in and headed home as the wind started kicking up after a very successful day of painting. A big thanks to Lexi for some of the pictures!