The six week “En Plein Air” painting class took us all to some spectacular places for painting. We started the first week painting at Woodneck Marsh, where both beach and marsh views abound. We painted at Falmouth inner harbor, Little Island, Penzance Point in Woods Hole and Naushon Island (one of the Elizabeth Islands). We only had rain one week (we painted inside from photos). All of the paintings were successful; I’m working on seeing color shapes in the landscape and painting those first rather than painting detail too soon. This is helping me work on stronger design frameworks for my paintings. I’m pleased with the paintings produced in these sessions.
Sun on the Marsh
Clouds over Little Island
Woods Hole Passage from Penzance
The Averill Cottage is open for the summer, as of last weekend. We had beautiful weather for sliding in the dock sections and putting in the water lines. Water temperature was in the high 60’s and with the sunshine and light breeze, all that hard work was actually enjoyable. We took our first canoe rides of the season and a wild flower walk that netted us photos of blooming white lady slipper orchids and big stands of water hemlock in the ditches. A beautiful start to the summer season!
“Monday Painters” is a group of artists from the Falmouth Artists’ Guild which meets every Monday to paint “en plein air”. The group usually returns to a site a second week, so different views of a location can be painted. Also, at the end of each session there is a sharing and critique. Of course, rain cancels the session, because many of our artists work in watercolor or pastel. We’re four weeks into the season (beautiful weather so far); we have met two weeks on the village green and two weeks at an organic farm called “Peachtree Farm”. Here are my paintings so far (all are oil palette knife paintings, most done on board, but one done on canvas).
Saint Barnabas from the Green; 12×16 oil on board
On the Village Green; 12×16 oil on board
Painting in the flowers; oil on board 12×16
Painting in the Orchard; oil on canvas 16×20
Dana’s Kitchen at Peachtree; oil on board 12×16
I did lots of painting that I was happy with during the spring palette knife group. This was helped along by all the feedback from the other artists and our teacher/coach who says little, but always steps in to comment when something needs to be said. All of my paintings were of local places on Cape Cod: Sandy Neck in Sandwich, Woodneck Beach in West Falmouth, Quissett Harbor and Racing Beach. These were my final paintings inside (boy, what a cold dreary, drizzly spring we had) before venturing out with the En Plein Air class and Monday Painters which both started up in May (more on my paintings in those classes in post later this week).
Sandy Neck Sunset oil on board 12×16
Racing Beach Daisies oil on board 16×20
View of Woodneck Marsh oil on board 16×20
Moored in Quissett Harbor oil on board 12×16