Watercolor and sketching workshops on the Cape, September 20-23, 2012. Please join me.

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I am excited to be part of this inspiring workshop to be held in September 2012. Registration is now ongoing for The Beauty of Light– Plein Air Workshop on Cape Cod.

Looking for a workshop that will challenge your current working approach in watercolor, add energy, and try new techniques under experienced helpful eyes? Try my “Catch of the Day” plein air watercolor session–a very different working approach than working in your studio.

Or are you interested in learning techniques to capture the essence of a scene, using line, color washes and inspiring notes, try my “Sketching on the Run” workshop session for any level artist working in any medium.

Take a look at all offerings at the Cape Cod Art Association website. http://www.CapeCodArtAssoc.org

Looking forward to seeing you in September.

Please forward this link to anyone you think might be interested–beginner and experienced artists. Thanks.

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Framed In Four Seasons

View out the coop

To most this is a window. To an artist it frames the landscape in ways that you might not have considered. A single pane window offers a broad view taking in the entire landscape. Segmenting it into 4 sections creates a simple way to check the viability of a single composition–a handy ready-made composition tool. Combine two side by side or vertically and you have a simple way to find a strong design option. Try it–you’ll like what it can do for refreshing your tried and true compositions.

Blending In to Stand Out

Here’s a wonderful example of an analogous color scheme and a great example of camouflage in nature. Analogous colors are those that are found right next to each other on a color wheel, or are very similar in color and tonality such as the leaves and Thomas’ fur. The warm tones of the oak and maple leaves match his burnt sienna-colored fur very well. His darker fur and nose direct your eye toward these areas because they are different tones and color than the rest of the photo–and his face is the real area of interest–as most portraits are. The soft greens at the left side help to bring some variation in the overall color palette yet does not detract from the main area of focus.

There are plenty of examples in nature–and hunters experience this natural camouflage on every outing making it pretty tough to get their prey in the rich textures and colors of the woods. (As an animal lover, I’d rather hunt with a camera.) But I appreciate the challenge of hunting and the skills it takes to be successful. Fishing has the same camouflage effect–every try to find a fish in a stream? The sunlight and shadows as well as ripples all contribute to the complexities of light and form–making it a close to perfect camouflage.

And Thomas, he’s an excellent dog, well-behaved and a very patient model.

 

Frozen Blue

I’ve been  waiting for the stuff to fall from the sky that simplifies the landscape, provides a smooth landing for chilly shadows, and acts as a perfect foil for crystal clear blue skies. For a long time, a snow-covered landscape has been so much more appealing to me than a drenched-in-greens landscape. I love the way a winter snowfall covers over the extraneous details and forces us to see the simplicity of forms.

The challenge for artists of all kinds is how to deal with the color of whites Continue reading

Coming and Going in a Storm

Sailing away from the storm

This small tropical storm threatened to ruin our plan of a day sail on the Calabazas catamaran while vacationing off the south coast of Barbados. But thanks to our captain, we navigated away from this front throughout the day.

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Coming Up for Air

Poolside

Encased in pool blue

Up for Air

This perfect summer day included a patient grandchild who willingly sank below the surface to help make a cool photo.  I loved the way the water glistened over her skin while her dark hair delineated beautiful facial features. Timing was everything–many clicks later–as water holds still for no one. The pool provided the expected blues while Emily’s skin provided a subtle warm golden tan, a complimentary color for the blue. The dark accents of her facial Continue reading

Unplanned Light in Venice, Italy

Wrong camera setting captures unplanned action

A too quick adjustment on my digital camera led to this unplanned image. Late day light was quickly disappearing and I was trying to find a low light setting on the camera when I basically gave up and snapped a few shots. I knew the exposure would not capture the actual lighting Continue reading