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05-12-2002, 09:19 PM
Acrylic on card, approx 11in x 8in
Painted in the park on our national holiday celebrations. There was a navy band playing, people were sitting listening, children on the playground equipment and lots and lots of dogs who just kept getting in to the painting. It was a great way to spend an afternoon. Any comments welcome!
05-13-2002, 01:38 AM
Hey there Tuatara. Easy to see where you are from!
How did you get your paints and gear onsight and did you have folk come up and observe, ask questions, etc?
...and so many dogs? you never see that on the news...
I think you've done well. I don't know much about 'plein air', but I think you've done pretty well, considering the 'action' would be constantly changing.
I love this piece :clap: It is very busy, so much going on...but it works. Great painting. Yax
05-13-2002, 05:18 AM
Nice to meet you. Well, a bag of paints is easy to hide amongst the picnic gear and I just held the small painting in one hand and the brush in the other so I wasn't so easy to spot as an artist. Dogs don't ask too many questions but they do move around some.LOL.
Thanks for your kind comments, where do you ususally hang out here on WC. Keep in touch would like to see some of your work.
PS. I like your signature!
Thank you Yax for your remarks. I'm always guilty of having busy paintings.......so glad you think I managed to make this one work. I think you enjoy pleine aire as much as I do.
05-13-2002, 06:06 AM
Very nice .. like the lead in using the 2 dogs as pointers .. a lot of stuff happening but a good coloring and to me, that makes it a very pleasing piece. good stuff.
05-13-2002, 10:10 AM
Marvellous! Reminds me of the impressionist paintings of picnics on the Seine. I congratulate you on doing this on site with all that was goin' on.
05-13-2002, 06:35 PM
I've done plein airs at festivals. What a marvelous time it is! And people often gather...as many as 20-30 at a time, to watch. It takes something special in the artist I suppose, or it would unnerve you...but, people are generous. They laugh. They are often amazed and really want to see you succeed.
This has all those signs familiar to me of a grand time, and I applaud your efforts!
This piece is a very busy piece....a challenging composition with a bustle of energy!
05-13-2002, 07:29 PM
Hi Larry,Doug and Wayne,
Thank you all for you kind comments. Yorky, the thought of the impressionists picnics was what attracted me. As more and more people came the composition kept changing. :)
I'm glad the work made you smile, I often paint where there are people and often because I work small and on scraps of cardboard sometimes usually end up giving the work away. It is often hard for me to pick who I think would like the work for the best reasons so that gives me an extra challenge too. Usually the most persistent watcher:D
I know its a really busy piece but I think I'm a storyteller at heart so one thing leads to another. Its so nice to meet you all in this forum, I am enjoying all the work immensely!
05-14-2002, 09:24 AM
This is an amazing painting. Talk about your own individual style.
Trying to take it apart and see how it works is difficult. Very busy, with intersecting points and children all bunched together, yet it works beautifully.
I like it. I'd buy it.
05-14-2002, 04:42 PM
Nice to say Hi again. We had a great conversation some months ago in the contemporary forum! Thankyou for your comments.
You are doing some wonderful work here!
05-14-2002, 08:58 PM
Hi Pam, how you got that much activity in a painting that small is amazing. But your color harmony ties it together so well. Really enjoyed seeing this one.
05-15-2002, 04:03 PM
thanks for looking!! I usually work small when outdoors as I can just hold the work in my hand but all of you are inspiring me to work bigger. :) Have to battle the wind then though!
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