Monday, January 11, 2010

Goodbye to 2009, Hello 2010!

2009 was a year of discovering painting en plein air and forming new friendships.

I got myself back in the the classroom and that led directly to my painting en plein air.

I discovered the "wonderfulness" of working in pastels and became determined to follow up
that discovery with forays into acrylic painting.

Here's a few works from late in 2009 that I never got a chance to blog about:

November 7th, 2009 at Viansa Winery with one of the East Bay Plein Air Groups:

The view from the winery grounds was spectacular that weekend but VERY bright!

Overwhelmed with color and patterns, my initial attempt here didn't have very much focus. When I returned home I tried to tone down the background to give more depth, but I guess I'll just have to go back this year and try again.

"Viansa View" (12"x 18" pastel on paper) Artist Janice L-H

November 22, 2009 at the Shollenberger Park, Petaluma with Northbay Plein Air

I certainly can't improve on the great write-up that Gerald DeDios posted on the NBPAP blog. See it for yourself at Meeting up with the painters and visiting Alfredo Tofanelli's studio in Petaluma was the highlight of the day.

"Under The Overpass" (12"x18" pastel on paper) Artist Janice L-H

Acrylic Fun and Games
Fall Class in acrylic painting tried my patience with the new medium!

"Soup's On" - acrylic on canvas (Artist Janice L-H)

I came to the realization that I didn't own ANY white cups or saucers.
And didn't have the required lighting in the house for dramatic lighting. Using the camp flashlight just didn't cut it!

Luckily the class had great lighting and some of the exercises we did just made me realize
that I need to get some figure drawing or painting opportunities in 2010!

"Babydolls and Mannequins" - acrylic on canvas (Artist Janice L-H)

"Viansa Fountain" - 24"X36" acrylic on cardboard (Artist Janice L-H)

Here's looking forward to a great 2010 with more painting opportunities with
local artists in the Bay Area and beyond: East Bay, North Bay, Benecia, Solano and Sacramento!

1 comment:

  1. Way to go Janice! Those are really wonderful paintings! I'll be sure to add your Petaluma Pastel to the North Bay blog & Facebook page.