I have been taking an online art class by Louise Fletcher call Find Your Joy. It was a one week free class with instructions to do all kinds of paint experiments without worrying about an end result. I followed her instructions and ended up with some parts of the work I liked and enjoy as well as found some things I did not (whole point of that part of the class). In these couple of exercises we were to paint something we normally would (top left) then paint it again using colours we would not normally choose and use one piece of equipment we would not generally use for a whole painting (palette knife for me - top right on a small 8"x10"). The next one was to take a variety of implements and paint it again. I went outside and picked up sticks, rock, leaves, pine cone etc (bottom left) and again paint with usual (to me) colours (bottom right). It was very freeing and difficult at the same time. The experimental ones are not keepers and were not meant to be.
With this Covid virus and the restrictions, I have really missed my art friends from Dodi's Art For All and The Brush and Palette Club in Sicamous B.C. With the amount of people in a gathering increasing, Sally put an invitation out to both groups on the last 2 Wednesdays to do a distance en plein air outing at her acreage. 6 of us gathered appropriately distanced and thoroughly enjoyed each other's company and caught up. Sketching, laughing, the beautiful scenery and visiting filled my heart and soul. Above photo - sketch book fun with water colour. Below - work in progress in oil on canvas panel 8" x 10"
I love how the unfinished painting just blends into the tree and sky at this point. While eating my lunch I realized that the chairs were disappearing in the background so I changed them to red. One of the joys of painting, I can change my reality.
"Welcome, Let's Sit In The Shade"
Oil on canvas board, 10" x 8" #20013620
This was new to me, I packed my bike side bags with my tripod, wooden palette, oil paints and all the gear I could fit in. With the idea I would trim the supplies down, I headed up to Hyde Mountain Golf Course and headed up the hill the overlooked the golf course. I pushed my bike up the hill until I had a bird's eye view of the golf course below. It was a strange perspective but figured the experience was what I was after. I loved the views and sounds of the golfers below and the wonderful experience of plein air painting. I must say it was more difficult loading everything back onto the bike. I am not happy with the painting as the composition is not good, but loved the colour mixing and time painting.
Karen Oliver's Art Journey
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