These are my first 3 plein air oil painting attempts. I have recently had the opportunity (while the kids are in school) to run up to Skokie Lagoons on a weekday morning. These were all painted there, with the most recent at the top.
This painting started badly. I had a large panel ready to go at home for this day and forgot to bring it to class. (My instructor has been urging me to paint larger.) I plowed on anyway and would up being fairly pleased with the result. I left his hand until the very end and ran out of time - he had it in a somewhat strange splayed position.
I did think it odd that he was posed with a shirt on, but no pants. I think Eleanor Spiess-Ferris liked the pattern on his shirt (which I didn't get around to painting).
I made the short walk on Saturday to Emily Oaks Nature Center for a plein air painting event: A Brush With Nature. I just showed up and tried my hand at watercolors, the only really portable way I can paint at the moment. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring some white gouache, something I was counting on for certain effects as I was planning this painting. (I took a photo and finished it at home.)
I really loved being out in nature and trying to capture an impression of it. I will do this sort of thing again soon.
watercolor with touches of gouache and colored pencil in Moleskine watercolor sktechbook
These are some of my early experiments with drawing on the iPad using the Sketchbook app. Mostly unfinished pieces. There's an attempted Sargent and a Hals copy in there.
This device is an unproven tool for me. I would prefer a touch sensitive stylus and a larger format iPad.