Wednesday, June 24, 2009

On the Road: Rainy Day Still Life

We've had quite a bit of rain here on Mount Desert Island. I'm teaching a plein air workshop for Acadia Workshop Center in Bernard, Maine, and we're making the best of it. In addition to working from photographs, we've been painting the still life. As I think I've mentioned before, I'd rather paint from life whenever possible. Even though we're doing the landscape, painting the still life teaches us as much about the art of observing as does painting in the middle of a field.

Yesterday, we created a still life set up with peonies and clementines. Here's my 9x12 pastel demonstration of it.

"Peonies & Clementines"
9x12, pastel

Good news! This afternoon the rain broke, and we were able to get out for a few hours to paint. More news to come!


Marie Theron said...

Hi, I have learnt something: If it rains in Maine it rains in Cape Town. I love this gentle pastel sketch!

Galina Nikolova said...

Beautiful gentle composition.