Thursday, May 06, 2010

Making Panels for Plein Air with Watermedia

Bauer Farm Morning, plein air acrylic, 8x10

We've had some beautiful spring weather and I've been taking full advantage of it! I'm a little rusty at plein air painting, this is only my third this year. I did a few others yesterday but this one is the only one worth sharing, the others were disasters as expected this early in the plein air season.

I'm more and more interested in working in watercolor and mixing water based mediums like acrylic with watercolor and gouache, which when combined usually go by the designation "watermedia".

Here's a 6x8 watercolor from yesterday...

Bauer Park Pond, 6x8, watercolor and pen

I put together a little video explaining how I make economical but archival panels for plein air painting with watermedia...





NEWS FLASH

I'm happy to report that both of my pieces were accepted into the Madison Art Society Juried Exhibition. David Dunlop, from the PBS Series Landscapes Through Time was the judge. Here are the two pieces...


Morning Stillness, 24x30, acrylic


Landscape with Castle Ruins, charcoal, 8x10

Here I am at the New Britain Museum of American Art opening with my "mini masterpiece" in the gold frame, donated to their fundraising auction....






1 comment:

AutumnLeaves said...

I think this plein aire piece is simply beautiful, Jan. Such a feel of the south to it...the weeping will or cypress...the movement in its branches...Just awesome work!