|Looking North, 10"x8", oil on canvas panel, |
©2013 Cindy Greene
Each time I go out to paint plein air, I try to set a goal for myself. Something new to try, or a part of my painting that I feel needs attention. Last week I wanted to work on putting down intentional brush strokes and leaving them. The temptation to "noodle" the paint is great, especially when in an unfamiliar environment and you are trying to "get it right."
Above is the first painting I did that morning. The marine layer was pretty thick, but the blue sky was working hard to show itself high in the sky. I liked the white and grey clouds looking north toward Newport Beach, so chose to paint this with a vertical orientation to emphasize the sky. It was very subtle, but I'm pretty happy with the brushwork, as well as the colors of the rocks as the sun was trying to peek through.
The second painting of the day was posted yesterday, Little Corona Cove, and I think it's my favorite of the day. I am happy with the brushwork as well as the composition and colors. That doesn't happen often. I will probably use this study for a larger painting.
|Little Corona Cove, 5"x7", oil on canvas panel, ©2013 Cindy Greene|
|Soft Waves, Small Rock 5x7", oil on canvas panel, ©2013 Cindy Greene|
It's great to have painting buddies, especially when they are as fun and encouraging as mine. Jeanne, Debbie and I claimed our spot early in the middle of the beach, while Diane stayed up by the cliff.
|Jeanne and Debbie lost in their painting|
|Diane's first day painting at the beach, and she did great!|
|Debbie's impromptu painting of the wedding at the tidepools|