Saint Edwards State Park used to be a Catholic seminary. The seminary is on sort of a hill, and there is a 1/2 mile trail down to the Lake Washington shore. I trudged down there with all my gear only to decide that the building was the best thing to paint. So I hiked back up; getting some exercise as well as painting done -- it's a productive weekend.
This is the bigger painting that I mentioned in my last post. It's on a 16x20 piece of watercolor paper. I've worked on it more yesterday, to the point where I think it's about as good as it's gonna get.
Still from the Bellingham area paint out, this is from Larrabee state park. I really like this 9x12 painting so I'm attempting to do a bigger version at home using this and photographs as a reference. That's not going so well, haha.
This is from the same weekend outing as the last one. After going to the Peace Arch, the troop went to Birch Bay State park. I had fun painting this, and it's certainly better than the last time I tried to paint a road! I feel like I have a much better understanding of how to handle foliage, too.
This weekend I went to Bellingham area state parks in another of the Plein Air Washington events. This little gazebo is at the Peace Arch state park, which is on the US-Canada border. I tried painting the peace arch itself, but I wasn't too happy with how that came out. I did this "peace gazebo" afterward, which turned out much better.
I am really glad to have found the PAWA guys, it is really fun to join with some really accomplished artists. Speaking of accomplished artists, one of the guys I met there is David Ridgway. He has a style that employs flat color. It is quite direct and striking. I really like it a lot.
Work continues to make it tough for me to paint in the evenings. I did get to go out and paint over the weekend though, at Lake Sammamish State park. I tried to apply what I learned from the previous week's workshop to these acrylic paintings. I really love the process of painting outdoors, which is probably to my benefit, since I really need more practice.
I've been quite busy at work, and it's cutting into my painting time. So I'm glad to have done a little painting this week. I like how the tip of the orange slice emerges from the shadow.
Here's my output for day 2 of the workshop with Jim Lamb last weekend. I feel like I've learned a lot. My favorite one is the second one with the telephone pole. The last one has some nice logs, but Jim painted most of it, not me.
I had some success with the workshop I attended last time, so I took another one last weekend. This time it was on plein air painting with Jim Lamb. Day 1 started with a demo, and I think the idea of massing started to click. Here's my output for the first day. I think the white balance on the photos are a little off to the red side.