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.