"Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh."

John Singer Sargent

Friday, May 21, 2010

Evelyn's Monkeys

14 x 11 Oil

During a day of painting at the Bonnet House, I encountered a troop of monkeys high in the Seagrape trees and they truly put on a show! I took many pictures and used one as a reference photo for this studio painting. I think the two monkeys are mother and baby.

Painting the monkeys with their unusual facial features was a challenge for me, but I found the overlapping, backlit Seagrape leaves an exciting exercise. The painting was not completely finished when photographed. It was accepted in the Views of the Bonnet House exhibition, January 16 - February 28, 2010.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Down the Lane

8 x 10 Oil

This was painted en plein air on a cool spring day, near Las Olas Boulevard. The shadows were so dark in contrast to the bright sunlight on the pavement. The sunlight and shadows on the green umbrella at the end of the street were interesting, too. Can you find it?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Red Gate

8 x 10 Oil

I paint with a wonderful group of Plein Air artists on Saturday mornings. We enjoy each other's company, critiques and learning from one another. The day I was working on this painting, two terrific things happened. First, one of my plein air buddies, Greg Little, taught me a more painterly way to create bushes. Next, my son, Charlie stopped by to say hello and check on the painting progress. Charlie does this fairly often and it always makes my day!