Wednesday, July 23, 2008

en plein air

I drew these from life (7" x 9" image using Prismacolor pencils on 9" x 12" 400-Series Strathmore 160 gsm black paper) while at Cowichan Lake. The best scenes to paint en plein air were on the islands, but hauling my stuff out there more of a challenge than it was worth at the time. Next time I'll aspire more to Tom Thompson than Monet, whose plein air adventures were so tame that other painters (e.g. Sargent and Renoir, below) could paint him painting.

I'm having a little trouble getting good images of these. Scanning them, as there's no reflected light, 'deadens' the colour, but as you can see I had some reflection problems while photographing them. I need to try photographing them again in flatter lighting conditions.


Blogger Angela Rockett said...

I'm so impressed that you created art en plein air. Beautiful art at that! And that deep blue on the second one - wow.

23/7/08 2:12 p.m.  
Blogger Deborah Ross said...

These are beautiful and it's so great you got to paint out there in the elements. I look at your pencil strokes and try to figure out you system. Certainly not boring! Love your style.

23/7/08 2:20 p.m.  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

As always, your work leaves me quite speechless with admiration.

Meanwhile, there is an award for you if you check out my blog.

23/7/08 4:30 p.m.  
Blogger Michelle said...

YOu are so good! i admire your style so much...was that gushing?

23/7/08 4:56 p.m.  
Blogger carla said...

Oh my! These are stunning!

23/7/08 6:25 p.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

I think I said on FlickR that the reflections on the second picture are beautiful.
I find colour pencils difficult, so very much admire what you're doing with these.

23/7/08 7:23 p.m.  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

Just wanted to say hi and thanks for the enjoyable visit. I stopped by to see what you've been up to and loved the pictures and stories from your trip. Your plein air sketches are really nice. I was a bit surprised how much your colored pencil work has the same look and feel as your paintings. Those 4x4s are great too! Welcome home!

23/7/08 11:15 p.m.  
Blogger Gina said...

I really like these paintings, Andrea. Especially the one in the middle. It reminds me of a stone circle in Ireland although I know it is part of an eroded dock in British Columbia. Love the blue mountains and the rippling water and the tree at height of summer. Must have been extra special to do these on location!

24/7/08 8:20 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Angela: Thanks -- there's soenmthing almost holy about being out there, completely alone with my drawing board. Clearly I'm no Monet as he had lots of company!

Deborah: Since my art posts are kind of boring right now you've just given me an idea to document each stage of a drawing next!

Ian: You're a prince. Thanks.

Michelle: Gush away! :) I need the eggs right now (to quote Woody Allen).

Carla: Thanks for that!

Dinah: I find these easier than paint now that I'm used to using them.

Jana: I'm surprised, too. I have discovered that though the vocab is slightly different the language is the same.

Gina: Thanks, Gina, it was. And though the one in the middle was my least favourite when I did them, it's my favourite now, too.

24/7/08 8:26 a.m.  
Blogger Melody said...

Hey, how come my Prismacolor pencils don't do work like that. Absolutely beautiful.........

26/7/08 12:53 p.m.  

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