Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Plein air with Laurie Wonfor Nolan - Day 1

The sun was shining, the skies were blue - an awesome first day of my workshop with Laurie. It was a bit swampy where I decided to camp out (my socks were soggy on the drive home : ) but hey - all in the name of plein air!  
Laurie did a fabulous demo under the tent, we enjoyed some good art chat, and then: boot camp. You know when you go through stages when you're painting? First you're in a zone, then you feel like you've lost your painting, and then it keeps flipping back and forth? Laurie is excellent at helping you get back on track. I learned a cool tip from her. She keeps a clear sheet of mylar handy to place over her canvas for when you want to see how a change in colour/shape etc. would look. So you just paint over your existing work and voila - you can decide to go forth or not. At one point my painting had become very scattered and disjointed and Laurie whipped out her handy mylar and showed me what she thought might be the problem. It's a pretty useful tool! 
I still may have a few tweaks on this one - not sure - but I'm happy.
As for yesterday, sorry the post was so thin - I was wiped when I got home. Below I've expanded a bit:
Marilyn: Yes, interesting! Thanks for sharing.
Barbara: Thank you ; ) Yep - it's real. It's Mount Nemo in Burlington as seen from the Scouts camp.
Layne: I'm not sure where it's going! I liked it last night but now am having some issues with it. The foreground, yes. So I will keep you posted. 
Thanks very much for your comments Karin, Marcia and Sheryl. The size is 30x40 in.

9 comments:

Mary Anne Cary said...

Beautiful! Love the colors! Great painting...

Kelley Sanford said...

This a wonderful piece, Kim. Looks like you're doing so great work and having fun...despite the wet socks.

Marian Fortunati said...

Love the colors!!!

graziano tessarolo said...

Bello!!! I like the sense of abstract and color that you get!

Ralph said...

This looks so different from your usual. Love the colours you are using.

Karin Lynn said...

I LOVE it....everything about it. It holds my interest and moves me around the canvas. I adore abstracts (with an edge on reality.)
I am a newbie painter(who adores having "Painty" hands and the comment you offerd about the mylar is exactly what I needed at this time. I am fortunate to have acquired a mentor from out west and in a conversation with her I said I was "wishing" that I was skilled enough to be able to go into my computer and manipulate an image of a working canvas but, alas, the computer skills are minimal. You have offered me a solution by usung the mylar. Thanks.....it is a wonderful painting.

Denise Scaramai said...

Kim, I loved it!
that delicious experience!
it seems that the colors are really
outdoor colors!
congrats!
hugs ...

Nancy Laliberte said...

Gorgeous! I always love your plein air work, Kim.

Virginia Floyd said...

Love this water painting! Wonderful abstract feeling.