Friday, June 29, 2012

Edgar Payne and Howard Terpning

I went today to the Howard Terpning exhibit at the Autry and to the Edgar Payne exhibit at the PMCA.  It was a great trip with fellow artists and lovely that Tim drove (thank you, thank you!). I'm going to let the exhibits sink in for awhile. I was surprised by the fact that the Terpning impressed me more than I expected and Payne less. They are both significant arists and I saw some amazing paintings. I wonder if it is partly that Terpning is from my time and Payne painted close to 90 years ago. Representational art has moved along. What seemed revolutionary in Payne's day, is today a jumping off place. 

The personal lesson for me from the day, and one I will paint from tomorrow - take my time, solve the problem presented. Let go of the painting if it doesn't work. But, stick with it until you are sure it doesn't.  Understand what went wrong before you let go. When you see the results from two artists who applied such methodical methods from design to completion, the value of planning and conscious decisions is very apparent. There are no accidents. They made it happen.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Santa Rosa Plateau Art Show, July 8th - August 11th

The Santa Rosa Plateau is hosting the 15th Annual Art Show fundraiser. I will be there with my art. The plateau is one of my favorite places to paint plein air. Proceeds from the opening night and art sales will benefit children's education programs at the reserve.

The exhibit is free and runs from July 8th to August 11th, 2012.

The opening night art show reception includes wine and hors d'oeuvres and a concert with the Brewer Boys, "The ArtBeat of Bluegrass". Tickets are $30 and are available online or at the SRPER Visitor Center.

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Painting on the Santa Rosa Plateau

It was a great day painting on the Santa Rosa Plateau.  Because the majority of us managed to get lost, we did start later than hoped, so the sun was already high and the form a bit flat. There was so much light that the values were all high key.  However, we were there and I told everyone to go for the color spots and paint what they saw. Our biggest problem was umbrellas blowing over in the wind. 

Tim and June on the Plateau with proper art gear!

My painting mid-point; light changed; time to stop.