Fourth of July!!!

Woke up to amazing weather on the Fourth of July.  Had to go out and paint.  Once again at the community garden in Plaza Midwood here in Charlotte.

Spending a lot of time in Boone and Blowing Rock these days.  Spent two days painting by Bass Lake in Blowing Rock, NC.  First time I’ve painted plein air with so many people to talk to and comment on my paintings.  It was actually quite fun.  It’s also helping me get over my fear of painting in front of people.  I didn’t have a business card with me.  Big mistake!!!

Still going back and forth between brush and palette knife in my landscape work.  Also discovered that I’m not liking a darker ground.  Happier with a white canvas for these Plein air paintings.  I love the neutral grays when I’m doing a portrait — but find I’m fighting them when I do plein air.  I’m also challenging myself not to use any green out of the tube.  Learning —- hopefully!!Community Garden - july 4


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