I'm on a plein air kick! Thankfully the weather has been cooperating more often than not.
This morning I intended to pack up my car and head out to my painting location. However, as I was fine tuning my easel set-up with my husband, this view caught my eye. Sometimes you can find inspiration in your own back yard, literally.
"Two Little Birds" is 10 x 8 inches.
Today, I took an adventure...a watercolor adventure, that is. I ventured all the way out to Chadds Ford, Pa. I even unwittingly crossed the state line into Delaware while I was lost in the winding hills looking for Kuerner Farmhouse.
The Philadelphia Watercolor Society hosted a plein air painting day there today, so I went. This farm is a place that the famed Andrew Wyeth painted many, many times. I'm not sure if he ever worked with this vantage point though. Can you spot the PWS members working merrily away?
It was a bit of a reconnaissance mission since I am teaching a plein air painting class at the Abington Art Center this summer. Info here. I worked out a few kinks and now have my system back up and running!
This painting is larger than most of my other weekly posts. "Kuerner Farm" is 8 x 10 inches and I can't believe that 3 whole hours passed while I was working on it...time flies!
I love picture books. I love kids. And, I especially love kids who love picture books. Feel free to give a hug for me to any small person you may know who fits this description.
Here is my daughter with a friend of hers when they were 4 years old. It wasn't too long ago, but long enough to grow out of those lovely dress up outfits given to us by our dear Mèmè. As Caitlyn is learning to read on her own I know that our picture book era is beginning to draw to a close. I'm excited for her to jump into the world of literature in a whole new way, and I'm savoring this precious time we have left with picture books.
For me, 8 years of reading about a thousand picture books to both of my children has been quite a tutorial. I've become a sincere fan of the genre.
Now...to making my own!
"Reading Buddies" is 4 x 6 inches, in watercolor.
After dressing up as a bee for a costume party this weekend, it's only natural that I am now back on the subject... When I first put on the costume I started acting like a bee with a surprising amount of accuracy and detail. Just ask my children/flowers. I thoroughly embarrassed my husband but he proceeded to share the video he took with friends.
Quentin Blake, the amazing illustrator, apparently acts out his characters before he draws them. I can now say that I think the method works!
This is the start to a series of small bee watercolor paintings (all 3 x 3 inches) that I began this week in preparation for a few upcoming shows in June (Sweet Mabel in Narberth & Arts in the Park in Elkins Park on June 5).