Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New Landscape Paintings

I was just getting into the swing of my personal summer projects when Summer Semester started. I'm taking Landscape Painting again this summer (taking the opportunity while I can!), and even though it's a great class, I forgot how exhausting it is. It's twice a week, 8:30am till 1pm, and we drive to different locations around the Bay Area each week. Unfortunately, most of those locations are not close to my house, so it ends up being around an hour long commute with morning traffic.

We've had two locations so far, and since I'm going to be missing the second day at this week's location, I had to stay a little later today and finish my painting. The good news is I'm getting a lot faster at painting. The bad news is that 5-6 hours in the hot sun, painting all day takes a lot out of you.

We leave for Andrew's family reunion in North Carolina early Thursday morning, so we're scrambling to get everything ready before we leave. That includes a painting I promised my mother-in-law ages ago for Mother's Day, and of course I left it for the last minute. I'm hoping I can get it to be dry enough to transport with us on the plane, but I'm playing that by ear.

I wish I could bring my oil paints and supplies with me to North Carolina, as I'm going to be missing next week's painting class and will need a make-up painting - but more importantly, I think the area is going to be really inspiring. I'm bringing materials to sketch, so hopefully I can come back with something to show for it.

In the meantime, here are my latest paintings for you to peruse. I apologize for the color, as I've had to take these pictures under florescent lighting and they're rather reflective when they're not completely dry (the last two are still wet). But considering that these paintings have taken 3, 5, and around 9 hours respectively, I'm pretty happy with the results. I've also been trying to push myself to work looser, play more with color, and work with my brush strokes more. It's a learning process, but I'm feeling excited to see what else comes out of this semester. I'm not completely happy with the last painting, the one for my mother-in-law, but in this case time has run out, and I'm happy enough with it to give it to her and hope she likes it.

As always, I love to hear comments, suggestions, critique, etc.

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