Wednesday, January 26, 2011

St. Cloud to Staples

St. Cloud to Staples__Passing America___6x8 oil on linen____for the show in October

Sometime in the night (1:02 am in fact!), I was snuggled in my Amtrak sleeper bed, looking out the window with my sketchbook...I had given up trying to PAINT from the viewing car....was not used to the "motion" of the train, and frankly, I was a little tired! I had been up since 4 am the morning before. So I arranged my bed so I could lay down with my sketchbook and see the farms going by at night. Of course, this gave me a "second wind"...I stayed up through the night, sketching almost the whole time. I can tell by my time log that I must have taken cat naps! There are some big gaps between 1-5 am, but I OFTEN just looked out the window and memorized colors and compositions....THIS ONE above was painted the following day, using my sketch and memory....The porch light was illuminating the trees in the yard of this farm house.
To read about my project Passing America: The Great Plains click the link.

***WORKSHOP in Rockport! ***
Here are the basics, but email me if you want more info...this is an intensive one-day study workshop to equip you to move forward...(plus optional Saturday am paintout)
Sketching and Pushing Color from Dawn til Dark
7am Cove Harbour-noon and 4:30 – 7 pm
also, Sat 7am at Charlotte Plummers
Seeing and sketching fast…pencils, sketchbooks, brush on panels,
$100 for members, $125 for non
Phase of the Moon on 4 February: waxing crescent with 3% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.


Mary Sheehan Winn said...

simple and slammin'.
Your dedication really pays off in these 'from memory' pieces. This is great.

Douglas Clark said...

I feel cold just looking at this.

Valérie Pirlot said...

beautiful painting! Almost a sort of mystery feeling to it, as if we were peeping from the window ourselves!

Pam Holnback said...

Great, strong light! Love the looseness of the sketch!

Marilyn said...

lovely composition and palette...made me homesick. I miss the snow, but I don't miss digging out of it.

: )