Thursday, March 3, 2016

"out of line"

How about this for a noontime temperature on the first day of March?  I'm not sure it can be beat! I talked my studio mate into going to paint with me at a local farm with some of my regular plein air buds.  It was just too nice to stay in the studio and paint.  And I have to say, the drive out to the farm with the radio cranked up, the windows rolled down and the top down on the jeep was pure joy :)

I have painted this barn before.   I am always taken with it's crooked form and boards all askew.  I had fully intended on painting something else when I got there but I just couldn't resist it once again.  I also was momentarily mesmerized by the drama in the sky and had to stop midway through blocking in my painting to try and capture the clouds.

It was such a lovely afternoon spent painting and catching up with friends.  Not to mention the peacefulness and wonderful clean, earthy smell of farmland.   The smell of hay and feed and good dirt.  It just takes me back to being a little girl on my grandmother's farm.  And then there was this guy playing peek-a-boo with me...how cute is he??











Have I told you? ...I love my job!'"

"out of line" 
12" x 9" oil on panel
©2016dottietleatherwood

I will be teaching a plein air workshop in Edisto Island, SC in March.  If one of your New Year's resolutions is to learn to paint plein air or just paint better, come join me!  We will paint, learn, laugh and have fun.  Click Here for more information! Edisto Island Plein Air Workshop

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

"strong roots"

On the normally last day of February, I went out to paint.  Another gorgeous day and I figured since we get a bonus day this year, why not?

I had planned on painting a wooded low lying area that usually has wonderful standing water and reflections. But when I got there the water was low and the reflections just weren't speaking to me.  So I hiked on.  I ended up near the water again.  This time near the creek. The creek itself isn't that pretty, especially since the underbrush has been cleaned out,  but I was intrigued by the trees on the bank.   The twisted roots made a strong statement and trees were nice against the backlit foliage.

I spent a couple of hours painting this one.  I worked slower than normal.  My arm is still in a cast and more precise brushstrokes and smaller paintings take a lot more concentration to make my hand do what I need it to do.  But it was a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

"strong roots"
14" x 11" oil on panel
©2016dottietleatherwood

I will be teaching a plein air workshop in Edisto Island, SC in March.  If one of your New Year's resolutions is to learn to paint plein air or just paint better, come join me!  We will paint, learn, laugh and have fun.  Click Here for more information! Edisto Island Plein Air Workshop