I got a chance to spend a lovely day with my oldest son, Micah's, girlfriend, Victoria. She is an art major at U of I and we had been talking for a long time about getting together to paint. She has never used oils before and wanted to learn how. Micah is overseas on a mission trip this summer, so that gives her a little more free time.
On "Work in Progress Wednesday" I thought what better than to show us at work, in progress, on plein air paintings....
We started out about 9:00 this morning, sitting in our garden, overlooking the garden pictured above. One note: this is not what the sky looked like this morning! This is actually a picture of the same garden that I had taken a few years back as storms were rolling in. In Iowa, if the sky looks like this we wouldn't sit in our back yard and paint a picture - we would head for cover in our basement or storm cellar. But I digress...
We began by laying in the basic shapes of the painting and thinking about darks and lights. Notice the lovely painting in the upper left corner of the photo above - three year old, Sophie, joined us for a time to do a little plein air watercolor.
Victoria has experience using acrylics, but is new to oils. It thought she caught on really fast. I really love the background evergreens in her painting (above).
We sat out in my back yard for a good three hours or so. It was really relaxing, and I enjoyed doing a little one on one teaching. I thought her final painting is terrific - she really has a knack for soft brushstrokes.
|Victoria's final painting|
As far as my painting goes, plein air is always a new and interesting challenge for me. I miss the ability to apply glazes for the look that I prefer. But what a great lesson learner it is! It always reminds me of how much more I have to learn.
Many thanks to Victoria for letting me share the photos. I look forward to doing this again with her.