Monday, July 18, 2016

Plein Air has started up again.

This morning, I initiated the first meeting of our plein air group for this year.  It's a Creative Collective adventure, but anyone may come join us to make art out of doors, if you're local.  Email me at my personal yahoo address for location information.  There's shade, and a covered pavilion, and views of trees, grass, parkland, canal water, houses, plenty of interest.  And runners and canoeists if action drawing and painting is your joy, too.

Anyway, I got it underway with a solo performance -- it takes a couple of weeks before people start to schedule it and fit it in and come, so it's good to launch it anyway.

Very hot today, so an hour and a half was about it for this heat avoiding artist, but it was productive and one of the great pleasures of life, as plein air drawing always is.  I brought painting gear too, but ended up just getting my hand and eye back in with a couple of drawings, and pix for future study for design purposes. 

Model maple leaf sitting on the drawing book

My interpretation seen without the model
The view, and, below,  how the eye edits as you draw

How I saw that view   

Picnic table, and below, the abstraction it suggested

When you slow down and just let yourself look and breathe, you see all kinds of interesting phenomena.  Many dragonflies out this morning, three different species, some small butterflies, late dandelions, one of which I sampled, not bad, banks of wildflowers, interesting lichen designs on trees, no end of nature to see and experience. 

 If you can join us or some other group to make art out of doors in the summer, or if you have no group, do it anyway.  You'll be part of a long history of artists making the outdoors in their studio, in a conversation with nature.


Magpie's Mumblings said...

This looks like it would be marvelous fun. Wish I could draw something that even remotely would resemble what it's meant to be - definitely not a talent I have ever managed to develop.

margaret said...

sounds a lovely thing to do though my skills with pencil and paint are lacking. Surely lots of people will join in. You certainly have some pieces to remind you of the scene