Rocky Path

Posted on Jun 26, 2020

RockyPath It's nice to be a beginner at something. I put plein air painting into this category. It's fun but challenging to decide what to paint, narrow it down to something achievable, create a design, sketch in a drawing, put the values in, and lastly add color. When I headed out to Tumalo State Park, I found the perfect place to paint. I setup the easel and palette and quickly realized I didn't have my palette knife with me. I also remembered that I forgot to go buy more solvent-free medium. It was a bit clunky feeling but I quickly adapted to mixing paint with a brush. I think it's why this painting is so cohesive in it's color scheme. A little bit of paint was always on the brush from the previous mix. It's not my preferred method, but it is a method and lots of people work this way. I titled the painting "Rocky Path" because of the subject matter, but it could have just as easily been about the process. "Rocky Path", 12" x 6", oil on canvas panel. Beauty provided by Mother Nature. Do you have a slice of Mother Nature to enjoy near you? I hope so. There's nothing like it for our mental health during this challenging time. Peace and well-being to all of you. Mary Read More

Rock Detail

Posted on Dec 22, 2016

On Monday I sat in my studio for two hours and stared at blank walls and face paintings. On Tuesday I did the same with the addition of making some marks on white paper with charcoal. All lines - straight and curved. Yesterday, I tried finishing a painting I began weeks ago. It didn't happen but it is progressing nicely. It's almost 7:30am and I will leave soon for my studio. I have nothing scheduled until 5:30 tonight. Here's a detail shot from a current painting I'm making of a rock wall.
Rock detail

Rock detail

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