This is what I painted at a hay field in Cle Elum, WA, last week. As I was half way done with painting landscape, this red tractor showed up to turn over the hay. The driver stopped right at the entrance of the field for a while to work on something. So after taking a snapshot with my pocket camera which I had in my waist pouch, I quickly painted the red and white patch to indicate the tractor. Soon, the tractor started to move again. I replayed the photo on my camera, and added more details of the tractor, once I finished painting the rest of landscape.
On the second day of the workshop with Ned Muller, we went to Gold Creek in Snoqualmie Pass, WA. The morning light around 9:00 AM was brilliant, and the air felt nice and crispy. It was supposed to be very hot in Ellensburg that day. So it was a right choice to come up to higher elevation to escape heat. By the time everybody gathered, and Ned started his morning demo, the light was already changing, and things were starting to look flatter. We had to spray insect repellent a lot to keep most of mosquitoes away. There were tons of them.
I set up my easel in a big tree shade. My objectives in this painting were to push colors, to use more paint in each brush stroke, to make the shapes of trees in the front more interesting. I love the variation of the colors around the mountains in the back. Putting snow caps effectively was a bit of challenge.
Right after coming back from Bishop, CA, for a few weeks, I took Ned Muller's plein air painting workshop for two days in the central Washington. On the first day, we went to Roslyn. After a lecture and painting demo by Ned, we painted in the afternoon. This is my first painting. It was Sunday, and there was Farmer's Market on the other end of this street. The street was quite busy with people, and it was very hot that day. But I found a perfect spot on the sidewalk with solid shade and breeze. The yellow brick building on the right is the famous Roslyn Cafe. There were a quite few people eating there, including some on the sidewalk. I wanted to suggest those figures with abstract shapes of colors. The background of the restaurant was originally empty sky, and looked boring. So I put tall trees behind the building the building to add interest.
I went to Mammoth Lakes from Bishop today to do plein air painting with my friend, Evenne, and my nephew, Iden. We hang out by Lake Mamie, for the morning, after walking along the lakeside. I found this gorgeous view, plus a boat dock on the left corner. So I moved the boat dock to fit inside the picture frame, and made it into a center of interest. I loved the color of water surface and mountains.
I painted this landscape at Fish Through, north of Bishop, CA. It's a wildlife refuge, and there's hardly anybody out there, except for wild animals and domestic horses. There was hardly any shade either. So I deployed my parasol for painting in the middle of the dirt road to cover my easel. It was very hot day, to be honest. I was still wearing a long sleeve shirt and jeans, and sprayed insect repellent to avoid insect bite. But this was one of the scenes that I've been really interested in painting. I loved the light and shadow of the rabbitbrush in the morning light.
I painted this by the canal in Bishop, CA. I found a nice tree shade to park and for my husband to read while I painted in the same big shade. It was forecasted to be pretty hot day, but we managed to stay cool throughout the morning. I liked the reflection of the trees and mountain on the water surface.
I was invited to go painting with a local plein air painters group in Bishop, CA. Every Tuesday, they pick a place to go painting in the morning, and then they have lunch together. This time, we were invited to paint at a private home with a beautiful garden in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, through a personal connection. It took me a while to settle down with what to paint because there are so many beautiful things everywhere. I was intrigued by the fresh lavenders and greens against the mountains. I also enjoyed the big tree shade where I could paint standing up, while most artists chose spots where they can sit down and paint.
This is a view from the backyard of our friends whom we are staying in Bishop, CA. Their neighbors have horses. The pasture is actually on the other side of the wooden fence, but I eliminated the fence for this composition. I realized that the horses are positioned lower than I wanted. So I made them as subtle as possible. Painting horses from life is not easy. So, I photographed the horses, then put the camera by the easel so that I can look at the photos for reference.