“Clouds Gathering over Grandfather”, 12×12, Oil/Panel
This scene was painted in one of my favorite places to paint in the Blowing Rock area. Up Shoals Mills Road you can pull off and get the most spectacular views of Grandfather Mountain. This particular day, we were dodging thunderstorms all day. I was lucky to get a span of time to paint!!
Hope you can join me Saturday, August 11th from 5-8 pm for “Small Works”, a group exhibition of works smaller than 14×18″ at Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery. The show will run from August 6 through the 20th.
Had the lovely opportunity to do some plein air at Badin Lake this weekend. Beautiful place, gorgeous weather. Got to zone out for three hours painting! My favorite thing!!! The top painting was done completely with palette knife. I did block in with a brush of course. Then I tried to very deliberately paint it from the back forward. First laid in the sky, then the farthest view, then closer, etc. etc. I’ve read recently that that is the best way to have success with the palette knife. Not my style to be very deliberate!!
The next painting I changed the focus to the clouds, which were moving quickly! So I can’t say that I painted them specifically. Just tried to get their essence from observing. This one I used my brush but tried to load it up with more paint than usual. So much to learn with plein air!!I think I could have blued or grayed down the farthest scene to make it more successful.