Painting on the street/sidewalk isn't easy. We got out early enough and had some nice light and a good view of the church spires but it turned out to be a busy area, with a truck that pulled up and took an hour to unload and quite a few folks arriving to work at the history center we were next to. The painting process is a fun challenge - the act of doing the painting is exhilarating. The end result is still not what I'd envisioned. But I learn and get better every time I do it.
Our second location was a pedestrian sidewalk with some great light just coming over and hitting the buildings on the right. For a short while. So, both results were not what I hoped and after carrying the wet paintings around for the day, I also had these two mush together and had to repair them as best as I could.
During the afternoon we sketched musicians playing in Jackson Square and painted another scene with the sun setting - wish I had caught that light better! We had a fabulous dinner at the Original French Market Restaurant & Bar and then wandered down to Frenchman St. to study the nightlife. We ducked into BB Kings House of Blues to hear just the end of a cool sounding Jazz singer. It was a full day!!
I spent 3 days in the beautiful city of New Orleans painting, sketching and soaking up life! The city is so vibrant! There is art and music everywhere. I could not believe the amount of art studios and galleries. Many artists seem to have their own gallery spaces - what a dream. We had perfect weather. We arrived just after a rain so the pavements were wet and reflective. First thing we did was unpack, fill our palettes and head to Cafe du Monde. Its a perfect spot to work. The tables give you a perfect view both into the cafe and down the street. I painted two scenes there. And ate a few beignets. mmmmm... beignets.
V....Vaughan is the best travel buddy. Being able to go somewhere with another artist is amazing. The whole trip was about light and color, inspiration, learning and pushing our abilities.
What a fabulous time we had at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo in Charleston. So much art! And food! And we took the time to really study the area. Despite my cold, I had a blast at the Saturday Soiree and tried, for the first time, steamed oysters. Lots of southern favorites to be had all weekend! V... and I explored and painted. We were invited to join some local and visiting artists to paint on a private island somewhere near James or John's Island. Many thanks to Hilarie L. for inviting us. I dropped my brush in the marsh. Then my painting blew in (on oil paper). There's always one, right?
We painted at night - a first for me. We painted the sunset and sold our little sketches to some passing admirers from Boston. Then we had the honor of doing a workshop for the SC Jr. Duck Stamp competition winners. Joining us was Flo Ulrich - and it made for a sort of reunion for us. V, Flo and I were among the original founders of Plein Air Austin. Some 15 years ago we named our little group and painted together and even had some shows, but didn't make it an official org. until later.
A group of about 20 kids came to our workshop - sharing their winning artwork and watching us demo. I painted from a photo of a Charleston carriage horse in the stables I found. Leave it to me to find the horses in a city (even NYC). :-)
I honestly thought this one I would bomb, but I managed to make it work and hopefully imparted some good info to the kids.
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Just before Christmas I had a surprise invite from Quang Ho to attend a workshop he threw together for January in Pasadena. It was an opportunity I could not pass up. I'd been wanting to work with him for years but he isn't teaching much anymore. Though his videos are an excellent resource as well, and having watched them, I was somewhat prepared for his style and methods. Quang is so well-read and thoughtful. He truly is a master artist. He can put a painting together so poetically. And he can explain how and why.
Making it work for myself though... that will take many more years. ;-)
I've put together some photos from my trip below. I got in on Thursday with time to explore the area and I have to say, I am proud of myself for navigating over to the coast and back through Hollywood and Beverly Hills to make it to the observatory for sunset. I'll show you my work during the workshop in the coming days.
A little backstory: Before I moved to Texas in 1995, I lived in South Carolina - in the Piedmont or Upstate. My parents lived there too and while I was in college still, they lived outside Charleston for awhile so technically, I did too. We moved around a lot and most of my young life was spent in the mid south - Tennessee, Virginia, and SC. My sister is older and stayed in Ohio when we left the area in high school. My folks continued to move after I moved to Austin and they moved to Georgia and then Florida. So our connections to the south eastern coast are real. We've all had an affinity for the area and the beach. So this is a really wonderful thing for our family and I can't wait to deepen our connection to the Palmetto State!
Remember, we are hosting a "wet paintings" exhibit this weekend at our satellite studio - "Coast to Coast" - featuring paintings done on both the Texas coast by V... Vaughan and the east coast by me! If you are local, please come say hi. We will will painting, talking, demonstrating everything from painting to mounting paintings on paper, and be available for any questions you might have! August 11-13 daily from 10 am - 6 pm. 11301 Lakeline Blvd. Ste. 110.
We had a wonderful time traveling in the UK earlier this summer. We were in London and took a train to Edinburgh and then back to Winchester. It was a lot to try to see in 10 days! The weeks leading up to our trip were incredibly busy too as we finished middle school and dance and had recital and I planned our trip. The pace is much slower now especially as we are hitting some of the hottest days now. I've been back at the easel painting some city scenes from abroad and am planning a painting trip with V....Vaughan to paint at the Texas coast. I'll be back to sharing some art work here soon - but for now, enjoy some photos from our trip!
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