Because I’ve been in Tuscany!!!! Just returned from 2 weeks in Italy. The first week just wandering and doodling in Florence. The second week was spent taking a painting class further out into Tuscany. And it’s amazing. I’ve never seen so many different greens in my entire life. (Olive trees are so blue green they’re almost silver! Crazy!!) There is so much beauty in this world…if you have the chance to go see it, DO IT!
So while in Snow Hill for their Plein Air event, I took some down time to just sit and draw. I’m really enjoying the panoramic sketchbook. It really is relaxing to just sit and draw whats in front of you. Some people do yoga or meditate. I just plop down and pull out a pen and sketchbook. Instant happy place.
So I participated in my first plein air event ever and it was quite the learning process! Spent the week on the eastern shore and had 3 days to paint around the town of Snow Hill and then on Saturday and Sunday, hung our works for sale. 70 artists participated and it was amazing. It was really cool to see everyone’s interpretation of the area. It was a little stressful but really fun to be able to just paint for a week.
Joined the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters a bit ago and they are a really talented group! Went to Baltimore to paint at the Museum of Industry. A very cool place with a lot of cool stuff. Too bad it was 40ish degrees out. But a day painting is a good day no matter what.
Joined the Baltimore, Maryland chapter of the Urban Sketchers awhile ago and have met some amazing artists! And they're a pretty fun group as well! A pen show was in town this weekend and I thought I'd check it out. I've always used disposable pens for my artwork, so I thought it would be nice to try and be more earth friendly and try out some refillable pens. I went home with a couple fountain pens I can't wait to use. I'll let you know how it goes!
Was asked to assist in creating a logo for a new boutique (if you're near Callahan, Florida, you can see this in real life!) It was a 2 day quick rush job but I think it turned out pretty good. And they obviously managed to make a massive store front sign out of it! Very cool!
And by artist, I mean cat. And by help, I mean walk across. Did this fun painting of jellyfish and left it on the table to dry. Lo and behold, a 4 legged furball decided this was a great place to wander about. Look for the one lonesome paw print surrounded by floating jellyfish. Thanks for the assist, kitty.
....means drawing inside!!!! Decided to take the show on the road and head to the Natural History Museum in Washington DC. Obviously they have a lot of really cool exhibits and all the animals are great at holding very still for their portraits to be done. Like the opossum here just hanging out. Received a new white gelly roll pen in the mail and thought it would work great on black paper. I wasn't disappointed!
Participated in Art on the Avenue this past weekend in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Such a great turn out every year and this year didn't disappoint. A lot of great artists and buyers. Always a good combination. It's a one day show so it certainly makes for a long day for the artists, but I can't say enough good things about the whole event. I highly recommend it to both artists and art lovers alike!
Its been awhile since I've done some plein air oil painting and this seemed like the perfect time. I have to say, I am absolutely loving the colored backgrounds to start on. Just a bit of red peeking through makes all the difference. Look for my final piece under oil paintings!