A bit more from my Plein Air workshop with Richard McKinley ...
Kerry from "Farmlass" commented about the romantic nature of doing plein air and she's right, it is! It's wonderful being outside in the fresh air, listening to the birds and enjoying the beautiful views. Well, until you are madly packing up your stuff because the wind is beginning to knock over your easel and rain is coming down on all of your pastels and onto your painting! But until then ... it's great!
Plein Air at Lake Casitas, Ojai, California
My set up and my first "watercolor underpainting" (before the rain came!)
Detail of my Lake Casitas pastel with help from Richard back at the studio
The third and last day we went back to our original spot at the Nature Preserve and I decide to do the same composition I did on the first day, but with the watercolor underpainting or "under-wash." Then I went back and finished the piece in the studio. I have a little more work to do on the trees but it's pretty close!
Nature Preserve, Ojai California
Pastel, with watercolor under-wash on Wallace paper
(if you click on the picture to enlarge, you can see the watercolor under-wash in the clouds- It's still visible in other places but it's much less noticeable)
Oh, I almost forgot! I was on Suzanne's Blog "A Brush With Color" and she had shared the live "Eagle Cam" on her blog. I hadn't seen it! You can watch these amazing baby eagles and their parents in Iowa. It's live streaming video of their nest, 80 feet up! The best is when the mamma is feeding her babies, or when she was trying to protect them from the wind today!
If you haven't seen it, check it out HERE. During the day it's in color. It's my new favorite thing!
Keep your love of nature,
for that is the true way
to understand art more and more.
~Vincent van Gogh