After spending weeks and months working on studio pieces, executed with the benefit of life studies and photos, a welcome respite to both "recharge the vision" and "play" comes by way of plein air still life studies. These studies--called "etudes" (thanks to my husband for applying that appropriate term)--are exercises in pure joy, for one, and when returning to the studio, feel that I have re-integrated my understanding of light and shadow and the subtleties of temperature. I have also re-introduced myself to that very exciting and crucial notion of "atmosphere", where hard, soft, firm, and lost edges convey air and distance.
I had value of this experience corroborated by listening to Peggi Kroll-Roberts in her interview by Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry on Artist's Helping Artists BlogTalk Radio. She does exactly the same thing, where after a time in the studio, returning to nature, to the "source", helps recharge and can revitalize the studio work.
I call it "keeping myself honest". I must do much imaginative work and will invent as needed, but it is all based on what nature has already orchestrated.
Below are the two plein air studies completed in the last two weeks. The first, "Misty Spring" is now at Joseph Wise Gallery, the second in my studio as a study.
5 Responses to Keeping myself honest with plein air studies
It was so fun to see you at work! I really enjoyed the cottage, and the food! I went to the Library and reserved the books they had on Pastels, you inspired me! Can't wait until you teach again, I am saving my money. If you could send my a list of supplies, paper, books etc, I would really appreciate it. I want to buy good quality supplies, so that I don't have to upgrade down the road.
Thanks again, your the Greatest! Congratulations on your recent Gallery sales, lucky people to get your work!
Hope to see you again soon! Love and Peace,
Anyone who has had the honor of meeting Mary knows that her soul is even more beautiful than her paintings. What a gift it will be to see the creation of her plein air studies!
Love the floral studies. My plein air studies still leave a lot to be desired!!
I love this blog. Such beautiful work as usual!!
I really do get a peaceful feeling from your work when I look at this whole blog. It makes one FEEL GOOD. AND, love what you wrote!!
Best to you and yours,
Misty Spring is just beautiful Mary, as is the sweet bird bath, bathing beauties.
Your work is always dreamy and romantic and I love it!
I'm so excited to see all the new lovelies at your Festival booth and take a peek at your book!
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