Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Plein Air Coastal Delaware

I just got back from a week of painting for the Plein Air Coastal Delaware event.   We painted for four days straight in Lewes, Rehoboth, Dewey, Bethany and Milton.  There were painters and photographers competing in separate categories.  The weather was mostly warm and one day it rained almost all day, forcing me to paint one painting from my car (not shown here).  On Friday night they had a Gala at the Children's Beach House that was fun.  I really enjoyed catching up with my artist friends.  The Rehoboth Art League will show most of the paintings in their Homestead building for the month of June.  Here are the paintings that I did for the show in random order.   

Boat Launch entrance in Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge

Dewey Beach Water Tower

James Farm Ecological Preserve

Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge View 

Roosevelt Inlet

Tower Road Bayside Beach

Bedtime Stories

The theme of the May All-Media show at the Art League was Bedtime Stories.  They were looking for narrative works so I submitted a painting that I did of my daughter hiding under the kitchen table. The juror of the show was Judith Greenberg who is the director of the Kreeger Museum in D.C.  

Kim English Workshop

In February I attended a Kim English workshop at the Easton Studio and School in Maryland.  I love Kim's paintings and would love to do more paintings with people in an environment.  Kim had us practice painting the figures over and over again, wiping them out after each painting.  He started us out with 5 minute poses and eventually we had some 20 minute poses. It was a good experience.  Kim did several demos in class, but after the class he sent us some pictures of a step-by-step demo.  Steps 1 and 2 were about 5-7 minutes each.  Steps 3 and 4 were about 20 minutes each and Step 5 was about an hour.   

Kim English Step 1

Kim English Step 2
Kim English Step 3

Kim English Step 4

Kim English Step 5

2012 Patron's Show

For the 2012 Annual Patron's Show Fundraiser at the Alexandria Art League Gallery, I donated a painting called Faun at River Farm.  It is a plein air painting that I did a few years ago.  The Patron's Show is the biggest fundraiser for the Art League and everyone loves it.  Everyone who buys a ticket gets to pick a painting when their number is randomly called, but they don't have much time so they have to keep track of their favorite paintings and cross them off the list when they get picked by other people.