Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Plein Air Debut

Everyone who has been a part of Karin Jurick's Different Strokes from Different Folks challenge knows Edward Burton.

I'm lucky that I live a couple of town/cities away from Edward. He was kind enough to let me know his plein air group was going to painting in my town.

[That's Edward painting a tractor]




Forrest Farm is a City Park and where there is a Farmer's Market on Saturdays. While we were there, the park employees were giving tours to a couple groups of school children.

My first attempt was looking at a clump of trees near a creek bed and the second was a tractor at the rear of one barn. They also train sheep dogs on this park land and it's so cool to see these dogs do their job out there.

The group plans to come out again next week and I'll try to join them again.

Both paintings are oil on 8x10 RayMar board.

30 comments:

Diana Marshall said...

Love the trees, how lucky are you to take part in the plein aire group

Mary Paquet said...

Great results, Sheila. So often when I paint plein air, I'm not overly excited about what I do so I just give myself permission to have fun. You really produced two lovely pieces. Edward's work is very interesting..

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Great job with this Sheila, you have found yet another way to express your growing talent!

Jo Castillo said...

I just love plein air. Looks like a super day and super paintings were a result.

Kathy said...

I really like the strong directional attitude of your trees as well as the brushwork. Has LOADS of personality. It's hard to see the tractor painting in the picture, though. Wonderful work!

AutumnLeaves said...

Sheila, both paintings are your's? I love them both truly. That second painting reminds me very much of Van Gogh's style (a good entry for the Following the Masters challenge, to my mind). I love any paintings with old tractors, old cars, old trucks...These types of paintings are one way of sharing the past with the future. Awesome job, darlin'!

Manon Doyle said...

You're a lucky girl Sheila!! How fun is that!! I love what you painted!!

Lauren Maurer said...

That is so cool that you live near enough a blogger buddy that you can paint together! THese came out great! I especially like the tractor. Not that I'm that into farming stuff, I just like how you give life to otherwise boring objects! :)

Quwwa said...

I really love that tree, Sheila. I mean I REEEEELY love that tree.(lol)

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

Great job!!! That tree is very expressive.

maria kovalenko leysens said...

I love to paint with others so I love to go to plein air events. It is nice, all the connections we make through painting, blogging and sharing our work. I like the energy in the tree painting! Looks like that park has alot of inspiration!

Barb Hillier said...

I love both of these pieces, the brushstrokes look so confident as if you really had fun painting these. Would love to see the tractor up closer - it looks amazing!

-Don said...

Great job, Sheila. Way to stretch your wings.

The energy and brushwork in your trees painting are spectacular. The most defined branch in the center that pushes our eyes to the right and then curves back to the left takes me thru the entire composition. And what a joyous trip it is...

Ellen said...

I LOVE that tree painting! It is just wonderful. I like Edward although I don't know him. I have seen his work so often on Karin's site! Excellent, Sheila!

Edward Burton said...

Ah, ya got me! You really did do some terrific painting Tuesday. I look forward to the next time.

suzanneberry said...

This is amazing Sheila! I love the brush strokes and looseness, they make the painting alive with movement! Bravo!

Elizabeth Chapman said...

Lots of movement!! Love it! That really is an awesome tree! Sounds like fun-

Hellenne Vermillion said...

How did you manage to make a tractor look so good? Great job!
And the tree, too. Full of life.

Vern Schwarz said...

Hi Sheila. This looked like a lot of fun. You did some great work outside, and it sounds like you are really taking to it.

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Wow Sheila, this is spectacular! Were you in the zone or what?!

Art with Liz said...

Oh so lucky you to see Edward Burton at work, and lucky them to see you at work! I love the style you've developed and this tree is absolutely wonderful!

Lisa Daria said...

Good for you - I love your blog mission too -

Celeste Bergin said...

Welcome to the world of bugs in your paint and fallen over easels. You'll love it. I promise. Your tree painting...very fresh and lively!

Pat Koscienski said...

Now that's the way to paint a tree plein air, Sheila. Sculpting out those back limbs with that sky color pushes them back where they belong and allows the attention on the closer branches. What movement and technique. Great painting.

Gary Keimig said...

A lot of great movement, Sheila. I think you did a terrific job. It is fun to get together with artists to do a day or two of pleine aire painting. I always enjoy the opportunity. If you ever head towards Yellowstone or our part of the country let me know and we can get a few artists together for just such an event.

Dean Grey said...

Sheila!

This looked like a lot of fun!

I'm sure plein air group fed off the energy of the other artists.

-Dean

r garriott said...

How cool that you've gotten to meet Edward! Wish I could come out and paint, too. Marvelous painting of the tree.

Dean H. said...

Your paintings are full of energy!! It's great that you can paint plein air with Edward!

Gwen Bell said...

You even managed to make that old tractor look beautiful. Wonderful brush work!

Gerald de Dios said...

Wow! Looks fun :)