It’s been a while since I posted, mostly computer problems (which I hope are finally over). I was also gone for a month with my husband, celebrating our 40th anniversary which will be this July.
I paint plein air (on location) with a group called the Plein Air Connect. Four of us, myself included, will be holding a show from May 16th to June 13, 2014 at the Peace and Justice center at 96 Harlow St., Suite 100, in Bangor, Me.
We painted together at Schoodic, Katahdin, Monhegan, Acadia, etc. and these will be the paintings at the show.
I’d love to have you join us for the opening May 16 from 5 to 8 pm. You are welcome to stop and see the show anytime the center is open.
I was fortunate to be able to attend a workshop held in Lubec this August with master painter Albert Handell. This was a full five day workshop with Albert giving a demo in the morning and helping us at our easels as we painted outside in the afternoon Each day ended with a group critique.
He is shown painting a scene from southwestern rocks in pastel. I haven’t tried pastels yet, but all his teachings on shapes, color, darks, etc. are the same no matter what medium is used.
For right now, I paint in oils. He also did an oil demo of a waterfall going over rocks. He knew where he was going before he started–a clear vision. I found it fascinating to watch him work. The most simple stroke, well placed, would change the look of the whole painting.
The last day of the workshop was devoted to personal critiques, where he would view other paintings on the computer or had brought with us. The main advice for me, work bigger–well, at least stop doing paintings smaller than 8″ x 10″. I’ve been doing plein air and a lot of 5 x 7 and 6 x 8 which are easy to transport and finish in an hour or two and, of course, are less costly to sell.
This reinforced what I have been feeling for the last year. The small panels are too confining so I’ll move up to 11 x 14 outside and in the studio who knows. Some 16 x 20 and up. I have a couple of 4 ft. square canvas that I’ll be working on, my biggest yet!
It’s been warm and humid this week, but the gazebo on Belfast’s waterfront had a strong ocean breeze blowing through. It kept me cold enough where I finally moved my easel out into the sun to warm up. Three of us met this week to paint.
Belfast Boat Building
6 x 8 Oil on Linen
(c) 2013 Becky Whight
This old building with the curved top sparked my interest. Maybe it was the architecture or the colors or all the different textures that made up the exterior, but it caught my eye. I had thought to put in the dock and some moored boats and wharfs but decided to keep it simple. A nice, little painting.