I’ve recently begun to do more observations from life as my commissions have lightened up recently. It’s hard to keep up but when I have the opportunity to learn from nature there is no better teacher to be had! I am trying to push myself to use new colors and experiment with risky compositions. At the moment, I am participating in both a weekly plein air session as well as a figure drawing group. If I can keep both these in my schedule, I believe it will do my technical skills a world of good.
Some pieces come out, and others simply don’t. The last study is on location at a lake in a park in Berkeley. I wanted to experiment with super saturated blue shadows. As is often the case with high key colors, they got out of control. The end result is unbalanced and I found that when I finished, my favorite section was actually the top left where I simply painted what I saw with little attempt to edit reality. Oh well- you never know what will happen until you give it a try!