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03-12-2001, 06:15 PM
Bought myself some new watercolor paper blocks..so that one way or the other I can get out some oils or some watercolor studies.

I haven't gone past calling my watercolors "studies" yet, nor have thought of myself a watercolorist...yet, oddly enough, as I'm reading my book Sargent's watercolors, he did these as carefree and for pure pleasure as I have been. Some have mentioned surprise to find Sargent such a great watercolorist, but then I don't think such status is something he thought of. Perhaps the spontaneity he enjoyed came by not taking himself too serious in this area, but rather enjoying it for the pleasurable activity and exercise that it is.

This one I did as my 6 year old nephew I visited this past weekend was busy drawing and coloring. Both of us sprawled and taking up half the living room. I used a photo for reference...but my mind is well acquainted with this spot which I've plein air painted on occasion. -Larry

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The Artsmentor

"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do!" Edgar Degas

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03-12-2001, 11:09 PM
I am sending this to my pal the watercolorist!
You just paint like you are having fun. Hope the weather is nice soon!
I just plein like it even if it is inside air!

03-12-2001, 11:16 PM
Larry, You are just toooooo good at all art! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif That's a compliement of course.
Hope it was a fun and enjoyable quiet time spent with nephew.

Don't worry, its gonna be all right....
Tammy's Home for Artists (http://tammy.artistnation.com)

03-13-2001, 04:49 AM
Larry, I admire your doing this. Balancing between spontanaiety and planning makes for interesting art. Thanks for posting this beautiful little image and thanks for the message!

03-14-2001, 09:01 AM
Larry it is painters like you that make me want to try painting in plein air.Your watercolor is so refreshing!

03-14-2001, 10:38 AM
Thanks Gisele, so there is no mistake...we have a couple feet of "ugh" snow right now. (yes, getting tired of the white stuff), this painting being done from reference photos and memory. However...painting routinely outdoors does expand the ability of the eye and senses to understand what atmospheric light actually does to shadows and form, which gives an instinctive ability to supply what reference photos don't show.

I can hardly wait for 55-60 degree temps, the melting snow that causes great runoff of water in creeks and springs. A brisk fresh smell in the air. Singing of birds, crows sqwacking.

I'll be stepping over root systems of trees, getting as close to waterways as possible, wearing hip boots and carrying my El Greco easel. Can hardly wait...!


The Artsmentor

"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do!" Edgar Degas

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03-14-2001, 04:07 PM
Hi Larry,

What fun! The backlighting on this piece just glows. One observation is that since you have so much experience with painting this genre as well as the particular location, you can paint more intuitively, capturing a real sense of place.

And for me, changing mediums from time to time really brings freshness to my paintings when returning to my medium of choice.*

Please post more of your pieces if you can. We all enjoy and learn so much from just viewing them!


*...as the debate continues as to whether to refer to drawing/painting/sculpting materials as "media" or "medium" http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

03-22-2001, 07:50 AM
Great Job on this one. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif I especially like the trees and their colours. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif