Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rooftops-Mont St. Michel


I didn't realize how long it's been since I posted a watercolor from our trip to France.  It was October!  I guess I got side tracked.

 
Mont St. Michel is such an iconic sight, rising out of the marshes as you approach it from a distance.  I imagined the what the thousands of pilgrims who visited the church must have felt as they slowly made their way toward it on foot.  It must have been awe-inspiring and frightening as well because–before they could reach it–they had to traverse dangerous salt flats, where they risked a deadly rushing incoming tide to make their lifetime pilgrimage.  And once they reached the lower gate, it must have been so stirring to trudge up the narrow winding streets filled with other pilgrims and lined with street vendors selling trinkets to the tourists.  Just as it is today.

We were luck to stay the night on the Mount so we had the streets to ourselves in the evening and early morning.  My watercolor shows the view from near our hotel, across the cemetery and the tile rooftops to the distant salt marshes.

–Linda

Friday, March 22, 2013

Waiting Patiently–Paris

"Waiting Patiently–Paris" 30x30

Detail


This is my large version of the previous study.  I'm still loving all those cute red scooters!

I've been talking to my students about painting loosely and I brought this in as an example.  Many beginning painters paint with a lot of sharp edges, and want to paint more loosely but don't know how.  I'll tell you the secrets: squint to simplify the values, paint wet-in-wet, and paint with large brushes.  So, now you know!

I'll be showing at the Hyde Park Art Festival in Tampa this weekend and I hope to see you there!  If you didn't get my email about it earlier this week, click on the link on the upper right "Sign up for my Newsletter" to get info on events and new work.

–Linda


Friday, March 15, 2013

Red Scooters–Paris


These scooters caught my eye in when we were rushing down the street in Paris.  I just liked the color of the scooters and the repetition of them all in a row. I yelled to my husband "Stop!" and took a quick photo.  Later, when I looked at it, I loved how the the building and tree are reflected in the window.  I also like the darkness of the shop and how the line of lights above invites you in.

In fact, I liked this scene so much I decided to do a larger, 30x30 version.  I'm finishing it up now and I'll show it to you next week.

–Linda

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Engineer


Not my usual European landscape, huh?  This painting is to inaugurate my efforts to expand this blog to include all my artwork.

So my friend Joose–who owns the wonderful Great Art and Frame shop in Tampa–set a great example for my by going to the evening life study open studio at Tampa Realistic Artists.   I'd always had excuses, but really it was just not wanting to extend my work day.  So I went last night and, two hours later, produced this.  I think it was a good start, and I'm pleased with it.

There's nothing like life drawing to really understand the colors of light and shadow, and the colors in skin.  So I'm motivated to go again next month, which was my real goal; to be motivated to continue.  They say the secret to success in painting is miles on the brush.

–Linda
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