Misty Morning

Begun as a 25 stroke painting, Misty Morning was a product of a Sara Linda Poly workshop in May.

The first day, I painted near the house and studio of Glenfiddish Farm Pottery in my attempt to stay shaded. On the way out heading home, I noted the tree-lined drive would be great for painting, so I went there directly on Sunday and was joined by many others.

Of late, I keep being reminded how important it is to paint with the board and the colors in the shade, both pastels and oils. If the work isn't created in the shade, it is often garish once out of the sun. For me, working in the direct sun has become a waste of time. I will find a composition I like, but if I can't engineer shade somehow, I will take a picture for later and find something else to paint that day. I truly wish umbrellas worked for me, but I have not had luck with positioning them. Further, one kited my French easel, breaking it, so I still hold a grudge.

Below is my set up for this workshop's series of paintings. The clipped on car shade worked well. I also appreciate the versatility of the EasyL Pro, which can tilt both the painting surface as well as the painting in order to seek shade.

When I was painting, I was facing 180 degrees from what is pictured, so it was out of the sun.

You might recognize the cedar bush. Completed on site...
Misty Morning
Oil on Board

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Bonnie,

I was curious about your making supports with Golden Gels. I'm trying it myself. Found this post, and want to recommend the Bestbrella to you. My sister developed it and it is very new on the market. Go to her website at bestbrella.com. Be sure to check out photos/videos, and click on the video. That explains alot. Also while there read customer comments. Of course, I use this umbrella, and it is so true, it will hold to any position you angle it to, even in the wind, adjustable 180 degrees. If you have questions please email me carolkarch@aim.com, or pm me on WC nvcricket. You are so right about the light having disasterous effects on your painting. On Pattys website there is a connection to Steve Merrichs essay about the history of the art umbrella. Good read, and your experience reiterates what he has found.
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