Reportiing in after painting with the folks who belong to Plein Air Palm Beach. What a delightful group of painters!! After finding the Tiki Hut near the coastal waterway, I decided to paint the hut. This is a first pass. It also is the first painting since October. I can't wait to go again 'cause it's amazing how rusty one gets!!
I am up early this morning getting ready to head out to Gumbo Limbo, a turtle rehabilitation facility and a whole lot more.
I visitied there a couple of days ago. I wanted to be familiar with the layout because i signed up to paint there with the Plein Air Palm Beach group. I am looking forward to meeting local artists!
I will edit this post with photos and comments as the day goes by. The painting adventure begins!!
i I couldn't wait to share this evening's work. Sometimes it's so hard to get myself out there. When I do, however, I am never disappointed.
When will you try Plein air painting?? In my next post, I'll list the equipment you need. Nothing fancy, although sometimes fancy is fun. I'll give you a bare bones list!!!!
this painting will be available in a few days from my website store at susanbarocas.com. Follow the link to the STORE. Secret Sunset is $350 framed + postage.
My goal is to make good looking prints of my work . These prints are to be on sale at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton,MA. I don't have a lot of money to invest in this so I have been poking around on the Internet for solutions. I do have a decent color printer, but the print produced on even good quality paper left a lot to be desired. Then I stumbled upon Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper. At about $1 a sheet, I didn't want to waste the pack of 20 playing around, trial and error style, so I was careful. There are a variety of other papers available to try.
I love the texture of the paper and the way it took the color. There is a color difference, however, as you can see. This print was made from a scan of the original painting shown. The original colors are shown as deeper, the copy is missing the blue range, at least. There are some controls on the printer for color correction, but they are minimal.
Next, I will try printing from a photo file taken of the painting. Check back later to see the results!!
"If Vermeer Can Do It, So Can I" :
use the technology of the day, that is.
This is a quote from Essential Vermeer
And here is the link:
" The Camera Obscura
It is now generally accepted that Vermeer employed a simple, box-like device, called thecamera obscura,as an aid to his painting, although there is great debate as to exactly what extent he did so. Phillip Steadman, a London architect turned Vermeer notable, produced convincing circumstantial evidence (the camera obscura leaves no physical marks of its use in painting) that Vermeer may have even projected image of the camera obscura directly on his canvas where he then comfortable traced its principal outlines with brush and paint. "
I often use the drawing apps on my phone to try out ideas for paintings. It's so much better to see the effects of changes made to paintings before one goes mucking about and wrecks it all!!!
The apps I use are
DrawCast and You Doodle.