Monday, April 4, 2011

Plein Air in Spring

These last few weeks, I have been pushing hard to finish up a few more Southern Weed paintings for my show coming up in May at Artspace.  I am getting anxious and tired, and still have far to go to be "finished" (and then framing and photography needs to miraculously happen).  This push is an exciting time though.  And I think the body of work is slowly growing into something lovely as a whole.  For awhile, I was cursing plants and my initial attraction to them, but I've come again to a spot of appreciation and admiration.  I think now, weeds will find their way into all of my work. 

In the meantime, I have also been trying my hand at plein air landscape painting. Since the Women Painting Women group painting trip to Charleston, SC in November last year, I have been inspired to get more proficient at Plein Air painting.  In a setting, responding to changing light, and conditions is so thrilling and yes, sometimes frustrating as well.  This past weekend, I had the chance to go out and paint some local scenes.  I am lucky to live in an area with these spots of splendor just minutes away.  Take a look.  Thoughts are always welcome.  Happy Painting folks! 

Jenks Farm, oil on panel, 8" x 10"

Jordan Lake, oil on panel, 10" x 12"

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