Port A Invitational Coastal Paint Out the last weekend of October was not only fun, but very rewarding. My quick draw painting of the Marina and a popular local seafood restaurant won the People's Choice award.
|"U Hook 'Em - We Cook 'Em" 9x12 Watercolor|
This painting will appear on the 2013 Port A Coastal Paint Out event poster!
titled "Cool Shadows".
|"Cool Shadows" - 9x12 Watercolor|
I spent the last week of November painting in Big Bend. I painted in the park last March with watercolor. This trip I worked in oil. I tried to capture Santa Elena Canyon in both mediums and there just isn't any way to give that awesome scene "justice". You just have to go there & see it for yourself. Standing on the banks of the Rio Grande with Mexico just a stone throw away, you're at the foot of canyon walls that go straight up....bathed in bright sun on one side and deep purple & blue shadows on the other. Totally overwhelming...even for an experienced painter. I gave it my best shot....but just couldn't "pull it off"; the painting (along with the watercolor painted last March) will go into my "source bin" with the hope that I can use it to make a good studio painting one day. I wasn't alone in my endeavor....14 other painters were out there with me. I liked the paintings the others did, although most of the painters felt as I did: just can't do that canyon the justice it deserves on canvas! But the day was wonderful; 80 degrees, clear blue skies - In the photo below, I'm the painter on the far left.
|Santa Elena Canyon - Big Bend|
In a few days, I'll post some of my value sketches and share my color studies....along with a couple of paintings that I think are destined for the Plein Air Southwest 2013 show - deadline is Jan 6th... all entries must have been completed - plein air - in 2012.....time's running out!