Friday, August 31, 2012

Laudholm Marsh

Laudholm Marsh 10"x8" oil on Ampersand Panel

 The platform that solidly held my umbrella

Yesterday I painted at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm. It's been years since I painted there, I used to very much enjoy their annual wet paint auction. I wish they'd bring it back.

I wanted to paint the marsh near where it goes into the ocean, and was lucky to have this platform to stand on, with an excellent railing on which to clamp my umbrella. It was sunny and a bit windy, so this was a welcome surprise. Umbrellas clamped to tripods often tip over in a breeze, which I know from experience. With this set-up, it wasn't going anywhere.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My Favorite Model

My Favorite Model
8"x10" oil on Raymar panel

Last week my favorite model (my niece Jessica) was visiting and we managed to grab an hour to do some quick oil sketches. She's very good at holding a pose. I tried to remember all of the Peggi Kroll-Roberts DVDs I've been watching since I took Peggi's class in April. This was the result.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sketching on the Boat

Last week we got in some sailing, and I used my sketchbook rather than my camera, sketching as we sailed along. The goal was to try and capture the shapes of the sail and lobster boats, particularly while the sailboats were heeling over. I like to use pen for this, going over anything I don't like with something I like better. The extra lines give some depth and movement. What do you think?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sketching at the beach

Sunbathing Sketch

This week I've been sketching at the beach. In Massachusetts we have beaches on our lakes as well as the ocean, and there are several near my house. I'm pretty sure the sand is imported, but people still love to sunbathe and then run into the water to cool off.

I think this lady was reading a book, which gave me enough time to do a quick sketch. Today I tried some water color and gouache on a similar figure. More experimenting needed there.