Tuesday, August 25, 2009
This painting was done on the last day of the plein air class I took with Gwen Bragg through the Workhouse Art Center. We spent 4 weeks (one class per week) working outdoors and on the last day it rained! Fortunately one of our classmates had invited us to paint at her house on the Potomac River and she had a large, covered deck so we were able to paint the rain without having to get wet. The ospreys gave us quite a show and I often found myself just watching them instead of painting. I think this little painting was fairly successful nonetheless. I was told that Mount Vernon was directly across the river (right above the osprey) but it was so overcast that day we couldn't see it.
The three flower images below were done from photographs that my co-worker, John Earl, took for an online photo course he was taking. He would come in every day with a new picture (they were concentrating on close-up photos of flowers) and I asked if he minded if I tried painting some of them. I had great fun doing it and have many more I want to work on. We've been talking about doing a joint show which would be lots of fun. I just have to try to keep up with him! Hope you enjoy.