The sunset view from my porch every evening. This small 5×7″ study is one in a series I’m doing during winter when bare branches allow me to see more of the glorious colors.
Watercolor requires a lot of advance planning and perfect timing. I tend to be more spontaneous, so doing small studies lets me practice the wet-in-wet layers, progressing to wet-on-dry. My goal is to do enough studies that the process becomes instinct, so I can be spontaneous.
After 12 years of painting, watercolor still challenges me.
This weekend I participated in my first plein air event in Blue Ridge, Georgia. I took Karen Margulis’ class on plein air painting (more to come on the class later), and I painted this study quickly.
Blue Ridge has a famous train and tracks running through downtown, and historic buildings. So why did I choose a steeple?
This is the First United Methodist Church on W. Main Street in downtown Blue Ridge. It’s for sale, like so many other churches located on valuable property. This building, when sold, will likely be torn down, making way for commercial properties.
That’s why I chose it. It’s a icon that is a sign of progress in so many ways.
I also loved the light on the steeple.
I did a full painting from this study and it’s included in the month-long exhibit at The Art Center in Blue Ridge.
This is another of my paintings for #30paintingsin30days with a sky theme.
5×7″, watercolor, on Arches 140-lb cold-press paper.
Plein Air study of old Fannin County courthouse and crepe myrtle in front. From yesterday’s class with @karenmargulis, a pastel artist from Marietta. I’ll be writing a blog post about her class next week.
Karen had just completed a demonstration of painting plein air and chose this tree as her subject. It was blazing hot, and I didn’t want to drag my supplies across town to find a new location.
So I painted in the same spot, but added the backdrop of the old courthouse, with the columns’ background bathed in orange reflected light.
Blue Ridge Afternoon IV in the series. This is a back road most people would never see. The beauty of Georgia’s rolling hills and mountains take my breath away. That feeling is what I wanted to capture in this series.
In this version, I emphasized the vineyards and used vibrant colors once again. 6×9″ watercolor on 140 lb cold-pressed paper. $75