6" x 6"
(includes custom 12" x 12" mat)
I've always been more of a "studio" artist. I take my photographs and studies into
the studio and workout my paintings before I begin. This has served me well.
When the opportunity came up to take a plein air workshop with Christopher Leeper
at Studio 14 I saw an opportunity to expand my experience and perhaps improve
on my scenery painting. So I headed out with my watercolor supplies and easel to
practice painting "plein air" before the actual workshop. It was a challenge.
Challenge, true, but an enjoyable as I experienced the panoramic view, sounds and smells,
the frustration of changing light and distilling information. Yea, I needed the workshop.
One afternoon (before the workshop) I really wanted to feel that I had accomplished
So limiting my view to a garden spot, and sitting on a case with my pallet
on the ground I painted these glorious tomatoes. I loved the smell of the plants as
the breeze drifted over the garden, felt the heat of the sun bare down on my back and
kept an eye on a huge yellow and black spider in a web that was about 2 feet wide.
All in all, I painted six different landscapes and one garden tomatoe.
I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. Chris was a really good teacher with a relaxed manner.
I appreciated the information on capturing shapes and values. The most valuable reminder as
a watercolor painter was to go warm before considering the cools.
I think when I pack up my
supplies to head out to paint plein air at the October Paint Out in Tipp City on the 20th I will
be a more confident painter.