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03-23-2008, 11:53 PM
Hi Everyone,

Welcome to a new program for Spring. What better way to get in tune with your artistic side than to go paint or draw outside or bring something from the outside inside like flowers from the garden to draw or paint. For this program it's ok if you can't or don't want to go outside, you can use a photo reference. But, if you can, try to do it from life. :heart: Take your time if you want, and don't worry, just come enjoy yourself and Spring forward with art. :)

Any Media is welcome.


Still life

So what represents Spring to you?

Is it the freshness of the season?
Bunny rabbits? Cherry Trees? Azalea or lilac bushes?
A walk in the park?

Do you have a ritual or festival you attend that you can draw or paint?

Please join us as we celebrate Spring with our art. This is a learning thread,
as a challenge if you like incorporate an American Impressionistic style to your work. The challenge piece is the Park Bench below by William Merritt Chase. There is also a link to explore what sets American Impression apart from other Impression styles. Also below is a link to the National Gallery Art for an Exhibit on American Impression and Realsim. There are other American Impression painters, if you wish, add your favorite and tell us about them.


William Merritt Chase (November 1, 1849 October 25, 1916)

William Merritt Chase: Modern American Landscapes




Chase's many students included George Bellows, Georgia O'Keeffe, Rockwell Kent, Charles Sheeler, Dennis Miller Bunker, Lydia Field Emmet, Elizabeth Forbes, Edmund Greacen, Lilian Westcott Hale, Robert Onderdonk, Lawton Parker, Ethel Paxson, Irving Wiles, David Ericson, Blanche Lazzell, Louis Ritman, Leopold Seyffert, Frederic Grant and Charles Wrenn.

Characteristics of American Impressionism

Asymmetrical Balance
Use of Colored Shadows
Use of Pure Color
Broken Color or Broken Brushstrokes
Use of Impasto (or Thick Paint)
Subject Matter
High Horizontal Line
Photographic Influence
Influence of Japanese Prints
Painted "En Plein Air"


American Impressionism and Realism
The Margaret and Raymond Horowitz Collection
Exhibit: National Gallery of Art


American Impressionism at Wikipedia


Park Bench 1890


more work by Chase


I'm looking forward to a wonderful time sharing Spring your way with each of you :wave:

ps. keep a record of your colors and if you journal, maybe you will want to document your mood/weather/time of day/etc.

03-24-2008, 07:06 AM
A wonderful Spring programme Nickel. I am looking forward to reading up about American impressionism. I like that painting of the woman on the bench. I have lots of photos of park benches...or I could take my sketchbook to the park.

See you later!

03-24-2008, 08:48 AM
great idea nickel!!!! think ill try an animal/nature picture....may do mine indoors:o its hot and buggy out:p tyree:wave:

03-24-2008, 06:41 PM
Hi June, don't you just love that big, fat, wooden park bench?
I'm looking forward to what you find to do!

Hi Susan, I don't like the hot or bugs or alligators :)

You all remember when or if you go out, be safe first!

I'm planning a hawk and a rabbit, hopefully, not together. ;)

03-24-2008, 10:43 PM
Here's a quick Spring sketch when I was out this afternoon - a rhododendron plant has buds for the blossoms already!



03-25-2008, 10:18 PM
Hi EP, you did a great job with your rhododendron. Very Realistic!

03-30-2008, 10:39 AM
I like the rhododendron bud...very Spring!:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

It was a sunny day today so I took my sketchbook, dog, and biscuits for the ducks...to the local park. Here's a couple of quickies in my teeny book- about 4 by 6 ins, I think. Some bushes in the park garden and a view of some benches around the bandstand.

I wanted to do the squirrels...but ...they wouldn't come near the dog!!

Lovely way to spend a Sunday morning.:)

Having problems uploading pix....today. If no show, I'll try to post them later.:o

03-30-2008, 11:32 PM
Well, it's only been about freezing here and wet, and gray, and oh not, not, not spring. ????? So I am waiting till a pretty day. Inside or out it's just not been the right time to paint or draw.

Maybe the issues with the uploader will be fixed soon.
It's just springs bugs. :)

03-31-2008, 03:13 AM
Trying again. My sketches are doodles really.:D

03-31-2008, 03:15 AM
I haven't figured out how to use my new photo programmes..so apologies for the poor quality of images.

03-31-2008, 08:54 AM
June, I really, really like the sketches! Both are wonderful ideas to see.
Thank you for sharing them. Here, it is still a gray day and rain.

03-31-2008, 02:16 PM
Hi Nickel, Susan, June & EP- We have a mirad of money plants - and violets too - but right now it is too cold to go out........

Ep - you got a good grip on the rododendron

June - doodle-de-do away, girl:)

Here is a cool paintbox I saw on artist magazine blog


04-06-2008, 06:21 AM
We had snow this morning;) . I took the dog for a walk and snapped some photos. Here is a watercolour sketch from one of the photos I took...my yorkie dog in the Spring snow!!!:lol:

8 by 10 ins, watercolour.

04-07-2008, 08:10 AM
Spring watercolour- from one of my photos. 'Goose-step.' Two geese at my local park. Daffodils, so spring!:lol:

04-07-2008, 12:41 PM
Nickel - thank you
Azul - thank you
June - thank you. Lovely paintings. Your dog has a priceless expression. I found some daffodils here but it's been raining and raining and I have yet to figure out how to get a rain-free arrangement to sketch them. Maybe I should try it in watercolours :)


04-07-2008, 07:57 PM
ep....lovely linear flower!!!! very springy....~~~~june ...wonderful sketches and paintings..love the goosesteps!!!! tyree:wave:

04-08-2008, 05:27 AM
Hi Girls, June, Lol, I think you found a bear out in that snow! :) That don't look like you little yorkie!:O) He's cute
It's been gray here for days! I'm hoping for sun today.
I like you goose steppings. Both painting are so fun and cheerful they make not seeing the sun meaningless. :D

04-09-2008, 10:56 AM
Tyree - thank you

Yesterday it was sunny, it snowed, it rained, it hailed, it snailed
(snow+hail). But I found 5 min to pop outside when there was nothing wet falling from the sky to quickly sketch these mini daffs.



04-10-2008, 12:13 AM
Eyepaint I love your delicate springy daffodils!

04-10-2008, 08:21 AM
EP I really like the way you draw your lines.
The daffodils are lovely. :)

So what is it with all this weird weather? lol Spring?

Today promises Sunshine :clap: after two weeks of gray skies.

So I did a little wildlife nature painting yesterday,

my newest little sweet pet.......:lol:

I'm sniggering like Dastardly's dog Muttley as you will see it in a sec,

before I could get a quickie picture I knocked the nose off.




Snap, snap, snap, Hope you didn't get bitten. :D :wave:

04-10-2008, 02:08 PM
I love that croc, Nickel.

04-13-2008, 12:15 AM
June - thank you
Nickel - thank you. Who's nipping at my ankles? Is this your pet? He looks so happy :)

Evidence of Spring - I'll be expecting to see some hatchlings soon :)




04-13-2008, 05:40 AM
EP that's a sweet spring painting. :thumbsup: :D

04-14-2008, 11:37 PM
June - the Yorkie looks well dressed but a bit puzzled. Those geese look a mite challenging/territorial

EP - you're welcome, 5 minutes with daffodils - looks like those daffies are comtemplating something. Do they have navels? The ducks are sweet. Thanks for the photo too.
Nickel - Do you really have a little alligator? This is very reallistic , he is obviously enjoying being a alligator.

04-16-2008, 12:02 PM
ep...lovely flowers, love the colourful bgs..!!! ....nickel:D this looks like something from my area!!!!! coolbeans!!!! tyree:wave:

04-16-2008, 12:02 PM
ep...lovely flowers, love the colourful bgs..!!! ....nickel:D this looks like something from my area!!!!! coolbeans!!!! tyree:wave:

04-23-2008, 01:49 PM
Just a note, my alligator is not real but this one is and it's from Florida!
Not something that I'd want to find. If you can, watch the video link called "The Gator Guest" on that page. :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:


04-23-2008, 02:13 PM
Tyree - are the gators particularly roudy in the spring?