First Plein Air

Me & pup living our best lives

I was very excited today to try out my new ‘pochade box’ for painting ‘en plein air’ (outdoors). I’m looking forward to bringing it on my travels. I love that I have to paint kind of faster and looser than I normally would. I’d love to keep loosening up the brush strokes and get more impressionistic or even abstract over time. Today’s painting was made with a limited palette of burnt umber, phthalo blue, cadmium yellow, permanent rose, and titanium white.

My first plein air painting

Secret Harbor Beach

Secret Harbor Beach, 4″ x 4″, oil on canvas

This is my first tiny painting. It measures only 4″ x 4″. Sometimes when I haven’t painted in a while I feel overwhelmed looking at a big empty white canvas and I feel like I just don’t have the time, energy, or talent to do anything with it. But when I saw these teeny tiny canvases at the art supply, I knew they’d help for those moments and ease me back into painting after extended breaks.

It was also fun to paint with a limited palette of only 4 colors (titanium white, cobalt blue, lemon yellow, and burnt umber)ย  and alla prima (meaning “at first attempt”). Normally I take days to weeks to finish a painting. Very satisfying to finish a painting in an hour!
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Sleepy Kitty

Tomato II, 8″x 8″, oil on canvas

Belated birthday present for my nephew…this is his cat Tomato. ๐Ÿ™‚ Last year I painted a different version of Tomato for his sister.

6 Bridges Gallery

“Living Room”, 11″ x 16″

Excited that my painting “Living Room” was selected to be part of the latest juried show at 6 Bridges Gallery in Maynard, MA with other local artists. The show is called “Habitat” and will be up until February 6th!

Selfie in Santa Fe

12″ x 16″, oil on canvas

First portrait / self-portrait… It took 7 (!) sessions to get to this, and they were all really terrifying versions! I wasn’t sure I could get to something decent, so I am really happy with this.

Tomato the Cat

8″ x 8″, oil on canvas

It’s my niece’s 9th birthday tomorrow ๐Ÿ’• so Iย  made her a petite portrait of her cat Tomato

Hiro at Salisbury Beach

12″ x 16″, oil on canvas

I liked the sketch I made of my pup so decided to make the painting. This was from a photo taken at Salisbury Beach. I used a limited palette with only 5 colors: burnt umber, French ultramarine, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, and titanium white.

Still Life with Bust

16″ x 20″, oil on canvas

I think I’m going to start painting on bigger canvases for certain subjects.ย  It was a bit of torture painting all these objects on a 16″ x 20″ canvas …felt like I was painting in miniature.

Painting

12″ x 16″, oil on canvas

Recreated an old sketch of a hand drawing but this time in paint and of a hand painting. It was my first time making skin tones with paint…challenging but fun.

Cherries

12″ x 12″, oil on canvas

Believe it or not, it was the ramekin that was most difficult to paint. The cherries and tablecloth were a lot easier and much more fun.