Monday, September 11, 2017

Busy weekend! I was asked to be a last minute replacement as a judge for the Mattoon Street Art Festival along with another judge Saturday morning. I had to go from tent to tent interviewing the exhibitors to see if there work was totally hand made by them. First time ever to be a judge in an art festival! A lot of crafts rather than arts, fiber, glass, ceramics, jewelry, wood products, and then the real art with painting and photography. We got our heads together and made the choices for Best in Show (to Jeff Kern for his fabulous paintings) and then 1st and 2nd places in each category. It turned out great with the assistance of the other judge who was great!

Great fun painting plein air yesterday on the Westfield Bridge painting the Westfield River. I have my photos below showing the progress of my painting in the two hours I painted. I usually start with an outline of the shapes and the horizon line with a dark mixture. Next my sky and clouds because that changes so quickly. Then the shadows in the trees and the landscape. I use several greens, (sap green, earth green, viridian, olive green) as well as add yellow ochre or cad yellow and white to my greens. I never use black like the French Impressionists but create a dark with alizaron crimson and ultramarine blue and perhaps some burnt umber. Made some purple for the river and added the blues (ultramarine blue & cerulean blue and white). Added textured highlights in the tree foregrounds and the land shapes on the right. My style is realism with an impressionistic flair.