This weekend was all about plein air painting in Hampton at the John Peters Humphrey Bloomin Artists event. This really is a catch up post. I have been working on a few secret commissions and am unable to share...yet.
I packed up my car. Easel? Check! Snacks? Check! Oh wait, pencils, clamps, paper towel holder? Left on the chair in my studio. Not a pencil or pen to be had. Then the talking to myself began. What will I do with out a pencil I asked? I answered any plein air painter worth their salt can do this with out a pencil. And this is pretty much how Saturday went. I forgot to drink enough water wound up wilted by early afternoon as a result.
Saturday, July 15th
The first painting "Hampton Marsh" I was trying to not be a meal for all the black flies. Nasty little distractions. I just had to suck it up and paint on. For the second painting, the painter on the dock left and I grabbed his spot. There was enough of a breeze to keep the bugs away. And enough of a breeze that I thought it was going to rain. It got quite cool. And I had to work fast and furiously.
Sunday, July 16th
In the crazy heat of the day, I spent way too long on this painting. High humidity. Hot, did I mention how hot it was?
I really love pansies. This little flower has so much personality and comes in so many colour variations and sizes.
As I was happily painting away, I became increasingly aware of a particular nearby hornet. It seemed to be determined to investigate the exact spot I was standing on. I backed away, hoping it would leave. No. It kept investigating whatever it was investigating.
Finally it flew off. Really, I had a vision of it flying up my pant leg. Not a pleasant vision. I have a story about me and stinging things in my clothing. May not share, at least not yet!
And then there was this
I could not resist painting my grandson Theo. "just wading 10"x8" oil on panel
I was contacted about the little oil painting on the right - but it was already sold. From that inquiry, I received a commission to paint it again in acrylic with a few modifications. The painting was fun so I agreed. Can you spot the changes?