Monday, June 20, 2011

Plein Air Demo, 5x7 Inches


Last week we had our first Painting Safari - a fun, plein air class that happens in a different location each week.  I swear I'm the luckiest person in the world - these students are amazing women and we have the BEST time!  Aside from losing my camera (found the next day...) it was a perfect day.  Above is an enlargement of a portion of it - I made use of Laurel Daniel's "mother color" which is ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson and a bit of burnt umber, to establish the darks.

  Then, because the light changes so much outdoors, I made "color notes - see below - so I'd have accurate colors from the MOMENT I had chosen to paint:


This image seems to have lost the lavender sky at the horizon, but you get the idea.  We believe we were looking across the river at Barrington, RI.  
If you live nearby, you can check the upcoming location for our Safari and join us!
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15 comments:

  1. What fun and I am sure they feel they are the lucky ones:) Great idea to get everyone comfortable with Plein Air...wish I could join in. Love the painting you did- beautiful!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your process. I love the "mother color" idea! I really like the lavender hues in the distance. Great sky!

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  3. This is a great demo Kelley! Thanks for sharing. Love the end results....
    those are lucky gals to have you teaching them!

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  4. Thanks for showing us the process here - I love the idea of a painting safari!

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  5. fabulous demo and what a great idea. I want a safari :D

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  6. Gorgeous light and lovely composition.

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  7. Wonderful, Kelley. You should try to plan a plein air trip out to Rose Island. It's a gorgeous place with of course, lots of roses. The beach is covered with wonderful stones and the views are awesome. I bet you'd paint something splendid from there.
    Enjoy your day!

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  8. Love seeing the steps! Great colors!

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  9. Great information--thanks for sharing it. Love the finished paintings.

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  10. What fun..if I were local I would join your safari!! Love the horizon line in this piece.

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  11. I love the colors in this and the easy flow of the painting!

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  12. Beautiful plein aire. Values and the lightin the sky are perfect.

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  13. Fabulous! Thank you for showing your process and I am always in awe of your magnificent results!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  14. Love the step by step process. Also, love the simple, elegant look of these paintings!

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  15. Kelly , lovely little painting ,very pleasing. Could you elaborate on what colors you used for the sky ,water and light green follage on the land . the greens of tree is difficult for just starting painters.thanks

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