Sunday, January 19, 2014

Neale's Hollow, Saratoga, Thursday, January 16, 2014

The problems we as plein air artists have to deal with are almost beyond human endurance:  witness our mid-January day at Neale's Hollow, a recycled Western movie set --- a slightly chilly mid-morning, an almost too warm forenoon and early afternoon, and a monotonously blue sky (Liz's comment that she hasn't mixed a new blue or grey sky for months on end was certainly true).     I'm sure the people in other parts of the country must feel very sorry for us.    But we press on, undaunted, with our art.

Upcoming Paintouts:
  • Thursday, January 30, 2014 - Rancho San Antonio Park & Open Space Preserve - first Hike & Sketch of 2014 - details will be forthcoming via an e-mail notification.
  • Thursday, February 6, 2014:  Carmelite Monastery, Santa Clara
  • Saturday, February 15, 2014: Casa Grande & the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, New Almaden (San Jose)
  • Thursday, February 20, 2014:  Friends Meeting House, San Jose
Check the Watercolor Society website or newsletter for details

 Followed by a thoughtful critique...
 Of what we did.    Here are some completed paintings:
"Winter's Glory" - Mary Paquet
I had intended to do an ink drawing and drop in color, but I left the ink at home. Plan two, do a small piece of part of one of the buildings. I wasn't happy with the results. I looked around and decided this stately old Sycamore made a fitting subject. Without rain to strip the trees bare, many still have fall foliage clinging to their branches.     Mary

Liz Siegel
Brad Santos
Normally I prefer to paint from a more oblique angle but the shallow faux gables were a bit unsettling so a head-on approach, where I didn't have to deal with that, worked better for me.    Brad

And here are some snapshots of unfinished paintings showing what we accomplished (in spite of the hardships).   Please visit again when the finished paintings are presented.
Sylvia Waddell - unfinished painting
I was rather ambitious in trying to paint the whole building, as I couldn't stay for long enough to finish it on site!  Hopefully I'll get time to put in the finishing touches and repost it.   Sylvia


(superb charcoal sketch by Iris' daughter)

1 comment:

  1. Sorry I couldn't stay for longer - its great to see what people did. Funny comments Brad! Lol. Sylvia.