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12-22-2007, 09:48 AM
It's that time of year again. It's time to look back at what we've accomplished and time to make plans for next year.
Please post two of your favorite plein air paintings in this thread, if you would like too. I'll create another thread where we can post our comments.
Let's keep this thread clear of comments so that it doesn't get too long.
Art has changed the world. The Internet has changed the way the world communicates. The combination of the two is a very powerful and special thing.
Happy holidays and have a great new year.
12-22-2007, 05:31 PM
Well, somebody's got to go first! It was hard to choose two, but I understand the necessity of keeping the numbers down!
Glorious Spring Day on the Hudson River
16x20, oils on canvas covered hardboard
painted en plein air at Boscobel Restoration, Garrison NY
Flying High at Tilly Foster Farm
12x16, acrylics on canvas covered hardboard
painted en plein air at Tilly Foster Farm on 9/12/07, Brewster NY
James or Jimmy Jim
12-22-2007, 07:11 PM
I'll go next.
The first is an old barn that's just 15 minutes from where I live. I had my eye on it for quite a while and finally painted it this year.
An old barn.
11x14, oil on masonite.
The second one is in a parking lot behind a local community centre.
14x11, oil on linen.
12-22-2007, 07:51 PM
Hiwan Homestead Historical Museum in Evergreen, CO.
15 x 30 oil on prepared masonite
I enter this because I won my first art award. ("Jurors Choice Award" for the Evergreen Paint, Shoot, Sculpt Competition of 2007)
12" x 16" Oil on masonite
I painted this one before the clouds rolled in on me and another artist friend. I painted this one around 12,000 feet on Mt. Evans.
Merry Christmas to All. See ya in 2008!:wave:
"Salmon Creek Under Snow"
8x10 oil on canvas
Painted February 28, 2007
Probably my best winter/snow painting to date, and one of my favorite
over-all. First prize in oil/landscape category at a local show this summer.
10x12 oil on canvas
Painted sometime July, 2007
I just like the composition and think it's one of my better tree paintings. The
greens are not as saturated as they appear in the jpeg and there is some
glare (photo taken in full sun). This one sold...so that's gotta make it a
favorite (though it was difficult to part with, I must admit).
Merry Christmas everyone...
12-22-2007, 10:46 PM
9x12 oil on canvas panel "Mid-day Pasture"
12x16 oil on gessoboard "Dancing Trees"
These are two of my favorites. I had a great time painting this last year.
12-23-2007, 03:29 AM
Probably one of my favorites and memorable...because I don't paint urban scenes, but the one time I do...its at midnight on the streets of Chicago & the delight of my son Jason painting along with me-
"Lion Guarding Steps of the Art Institute" 9"x 12" oil
My most pleasant summer escapes (for near 45 years I can remember)...upper Michigan...
"West Shores of Presque Isle Park- Lake Superior" 11"x 14" oil
12-23-2007, 11:20 AM
Railroad Crossing, 14X18 O/C
Hollow, 12X16 O/C
Beautiful efforts all, Merry Christmas! :) Dave
12-23-2007, 12:30 PM
Plein Air attempt #9 : Along the Potomac River
There is a belief we choose our parents before we're born, and more than some, I probably needed someone really special . . so this might not be my best attempt, but it's my favorite because of my Mom, who was sitting there, keeping me company on the cliff as I tried to paint this. Have had a lot of failures in life, but she was always proud of me, no matter what the endeavor was. Even if she didn't always understand or approve of what I was doing, she was there for me, and kept that part of what is good in me alive.
12-23-2007, 12:54 PM
A couple I did on the Kettlewell Get Together. Not because they are exceptional, but because of the memories they bring.
Ghyll Bridge Kettlewell
We went down to the beck and I set my chair on the water-worn limestone bed and sketched the bridge and cottage, with the sound of rushing water from the stream which in a couple of days was to become a raging torrent.
That afternoon, David De Armond turned up at Dale House and he gave me a tutorial on using marker pens as he painted the garage alongside me. Several members came up and were amazed at David's skill with marker and wash. The mechanic was working on a land-rover in the gloom and alongside was a white Rolls Royce. On the ramp outside was a minibus with the hood up.
Two of my favorites for this year:
"Fallen Tree by a Creek" oil on canvas 16x20
"September Garden" oil on canvas 16x20
Plan for next year:
Get out there and paint more!
12-23-2007, 05:49 PM
This was my first year of doing plein air pastels and it's always hard to post my work, you people are just TOO GOOD! :) I know I have lots and lots to learn. Thanks so much for all the helpful comments and suggestions. Best wishes to all for health, happiness and good paintings in 2008!
Sunflowers, pastel, 5x8
Soybeans at Sunset, pastel, 5x7
James or Jimmy Jim
12-23-2007, 05:56 PM
Lots of good work here. :thumbsup:
12-23-2007, 09:41 PM
Ridge at the Mouth 12 x 16 WC Top 5 o clock Shadow 14 x 14 WC
Hard to choose so I did two that were really a la prima and that I painted on a very relaxing trip to Carmel Valley where I did nothing but paint and walked on the beach.
12-23-2007, 10:04 PM
Hello ~ Time for me to get my feet wet here. I've been greedily soaking up the fine work you all have done. These two from my rather small number of works are favorites because the days were so beautiful and it was a great time. I welcome your comments. Each is 8x10 alkyd on canvas board. ~ Betty in Nebraska
380300Mt. Marty Chapel, Yankton, SD
380301Trago Park, downtown Lincoln, NE
12-24-2007, 05:52 AM
both oil on panel 5x7"
12-24-2007, 07:15 AM
Happy Holidays to everyone!
My 2007 Plain Air:
12-24-2007, 08:53 AM
One from the summer, one from the fall:
"Creek Crossing" 16" x 20" oil on panel
"Creek in Late Fall" 9"x12" oil on panel
12-25-2007, 09:03 AM
North Shore Sunrise
9x12 oil on board
Boundary Waters Daybreak
9x12 oil on board
12-28-2007, 01:34 AM
Stanley Road Eucalyptus, pastel 8x10
The Pole Barn, 8x10 pastel
12-28-2007, 03:58 PM
Wow, what a great line of paintings! Not a turkey among them.
Here are my two favourites.
"Sunflowers and Firs" 8x10, oil
"Southern Head" (Grand Manan Island) 9x12, oil
12-28-2007, 09:53 PM
So much good stuff. I'll just sneak these in :o
Back country winery road oil 9x12
American River Road pastel 9x12 because it was one of the few I did really fast
12-29-2007, 10:33 AM
Great to see the artist choice of their fav 2 from 07. Some very cool work here.
A couple of mine that felt like they captured the moment.
12-29-2007, 10:53 AM
Here are two I felt were more successful in capturing the light.
Ironically both were painted at the same location, but at different spots.
12-29-2007, 03:27 PM
These are my two favourites for 2007, not because I think they are the best paintings, but because they remind me of the very best days out painting when the whole experience, the travelling, the company and the work all combined to make a memorable day out with my friends!
Harbour entrance, Paros
The Waterside Cafe
12-29-2007, 03:51 PM
First, I'd like to compliment everyone on their excellent work in 2007 and wish you all the very best for 2008. Another year of growth!!! I found it hard to pick two favorites because I liked them all for the reasons I decided to paint them, regardless whether they turned out. The first, "Mossy Rapids" (oil on canvas, 6" x 8"), I liked because I felt I got really good movement in the water. The second, "Anse-Bleue" (oil on linen panel, 11" x 14"), I liked because I felt the composition was particularly striking.
12-30-2007, 05:25 AM
I don't have any favourites as I haven't done many this year... I'll have to try harder in 2008!
oil 16 x 12
oil almost24 x18
01-02-2008, 08:25 AM
My two favourites. Interestingly both seascapes, even though it is something I only got into later in the year.
Cliffs, Baginbun Head (12" x 9" Oil on Canvas)
Sea Craggs, Baginbun Head (12" x 9" Oil on Canvas)
01-03-2008, 12:53 AM
I think in general my favorite is still my latest (or my next one?), but here are two I like a lot. Happy and Prosperous New Year to All!
"Rocks up river"
01-04-2008, 04:54 PM
Well, I haven't been doing this for too long so I'll toss in the sacrificial turkeys for the thread. :rolleyes: There are beautiful paintings on this list. Really inspirational. These are the two that I think come closest to "catching" the scene for me. Lots to learn.
11x14 oil on canvas
16x20 oil on canvas.
01-05-2008, 10:18 AM
Stunning work , everyone!
My first pick won't photograph very well but I chose it because of my memories of painting it. I caught a glimpse of the scene through the trees while driving along a Heritage Road (meaning a dirt road where no visible development is allowed, to keep it as it was in the old days...no monster houses with triple garages lol) I had to scramble down and up a steep ditch, through bushes and a barbed-wire fence with my plein air stuff. It was worth it and I spent the next several hours in "the zone" with oil and soft pastels on 8x10 matboard.
The second one is also oil and soft pastels, on 8x10 red Canson, at the top of the lane that leads to my cottage, in lupine season.
01-06-2008, 12:08 PM
Besides being my favorites from last year, both of these conjure up really nice memories of being out there on 2 really spectacular days:
Towards Lumberville (http://www.joekaz.com/galleries/2007/toward_lumberville.html)
11x14 oil on board
Pine Tree Trail (http://www.joekaz.com/galleries/2007/pine_tree_trail.html)
11x14 oil on linen on board
This was a great painting spot, up on the cliffs on the south end of San Juan Island looking south to Mt. Rainer, end of summer, last of the warm days. I like this painting because the dried grass was so BLAH and I had to do something to it! Oil 24 by 30"
My second painting was done in acrylics with only 3 colors + white. I like the range I was able to get with just 3 primaries. This is over looking Skagit Valley, acrylic 12 x 24", I think...Just returned from a month in NYC and it was nice to be back outside plein air painting again.
Both painting bring back good memories of good painting days with great people!
01-08-2008, 12:16 PM
this is a small cemetery in the middle of Berlin. It was in June 07. (11,8×11,8 inch; oil on board)
This plein air (11,8×11,8 inch; oil on board) shows a statue in front of the old national gallery in east Berlin. It was a rainy and windy day back in Februar 07.
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