Wednesday, April 25, 2007

En Plein Air

I joined my plein air group for my first outing today. It was great fun. I met about 12-15 new people. Quite a large turnout as one brought some family members who were in town for a visit. Luckily they all were painters.

We visited a home with a wonderful garden. Flower lovers would have been so envious. Varieties of poppies, roses, Bird of paradise, and so many others. All in full bloom. Also little areas all over the yard had little groupings that made wonderful "targets". Most of the ladies were doing watercolor. Most of those were doing the huge, beautiful poppies. We were able to take as many photos as we wanted, and use any of the areas for drawing/painting.

Since I work in graphite, my choice was in the shade (weather was 80 degrees F) and I had that area pretty much to myself. Altho I liked the colorful flowers, you don't need color for graphite. This is a yearly visit for this group, and I hope by the next trip I will be doing some form of painting. Either acrylic or watercolor. That is my goal. But if not, I still love graphite.

The next trip is to mountain area where there are old buildings. I won't make that one. But the one in two weeks is a cattle ranch that has an actual dude ranch for visitors. Should be fun.


Jo Castillo said...

Jeanne, this is just beautiful. Rocks are not easy! Do you have a frame? Your first framed!

See ya on WC


Joan said...

You are so lucky to have found a group to sketch with. The next destination sounds right up my alley. You did a great job on this scene. The rocks and the leaves look great! Hope you don't mind, but I've listed your blog in my links on my blog page.

"JeanneG" said...

Thanks both of you. Joan I appreciate the link. I will link yours also.

Katherine said...

I'm so envious of you having a group to go on regular outings with. It's so much fun when you are together in a group.

You'll be graduating to paintings holidays before we know it!