Tuesday, November 24, 2009

At the Petaluma Marina

The weather conditions for the day were really tricky to work with. The uncertainty in the beginning of the day, and then the sudden complete change of conditions made it a tough day to work... It forced me to be a bit more experimental. I'll let you decide if it was succesful or not.

I did this study in about an hour. It was hard getting the blue paint to cooperate for some reason.... The reason? It was a tube of oil paint that got mixed into my bag by accident! I pushed the fog effect way more than what was there in reality, mainly so I'd hafta paint less (just being honest here) but also to make it more interesting.

In the middle of this piece is when the sky started clearing up. The clouds and the light was totally different from when I started. The clouds did not hold still long enough to paint them very faithfully, so I had to fake them...I did a lot of lifting off with a wet Viva paper towel. Gouache tends to be easier to lift off than transparent watercolor.

This was a half-hour quick study done just for the value and drawing's sake. Didn't want to get into the color. It was mostly monotone greens and grays, I can probably throw a wash of green in photoshop over it and it will look pretty faithful.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

8th North Bay Plein Air - Petaluma, CA

It was a gloomy afternoon, with drops of rain briefly in Novato. Although it was a bit chilly, that didn't stop 9 North Bay members to trek out to the Petaluma Marina. Cloud formations were amazing and scattered lighting along the hills were great! During the late afternoon, the sun decided to peak out and cleared a path to some blue skies.

Here's our results for the day.

Artist: Alfredo Tofanelli

Artist: Alfredo Tofanelli

Artist: Gerald de Dios

(photo by Janice L-H)

Artist: Janice L-H

We gathered around 3pm and shared our findings around the Marina.

Such a great display of different mediums used on location.

Thank you to Alfredo's hospitality and opening his studio doors to our paint out group members!

Beautiful studio and school, perfect for anyone interested in learning to paint figurative and landscapes.

Artist: Sergio Lopez and Maura admiring the amazing plein air paintings high up on the walls.

(Artists: Alfredo Tofanelli, Cameron Chun, Jackson Dryden, Maura, Janice L-H, Sergio Lopez)

(Artist: Alfredo Tofanelli, Sharon Lutz, Maura, Cameron Chun and Jackson Dryden)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

8th - North Bay Plein Air Meetup - November 22nd

(Original painting by Sergio Lopez)

Petaluma Marina
781 Baywood Dr
Petaluma, CA 94954-5388
(707) 778-4489

Painting Times
11:30am - 3:00pm

Between 2:30pm and 3:00pm, we will all meet at the parking lot behind the Sheraton Hotel.

781 Baywood Dr
Petaluma, CA 94954-5388

Directions Click Here For Google Maps Go up the 101 and head east on 116. The Sheraton hotel is highly visible from the junction.

There is ample free parking right next to the park behind the hotel.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mountain View Cemetery Trip

View From The Top (12"x18" pastel- Artist Janice L-H)

I couldn't make it there with y'all last weekend so I'll have to give you the link to my excursion there.