It was 97 degrees in Portland today, but we were relatively cool at Rooster Rock Park. Elio gave a talk on brushwork, getting us all to think about applying paint with consideration to the underlying structure of whatever we are painting. Rooster Rock is a great spot to paint because we can all set up in a row without being in another painter's way. Almost all of us painted the view of Beacon Rock in the distance. My Beacon Rock seems to be a wrong value, but I like the painting because I was decisive and I avoided over-blending. When I finished that painting I did a quick oil sketch of another painter. Not all that easy to do, because she moved around a lot. I thought I caught some of her gesture and it was a fun break from landscape.
P.S. Thank you all of you who have commented on my work this week..I promise I will be visiting your blog(s) soon. It means a lot to me that you stop by to comment--thanks so much!
(Top) Workshop Painting: Celeste Bergin, Beacon Rock, 2010, Oil on gessoed canvas panel, 12 x 9 inches.
(Bottom) Oil Sketch: Celeste Bergin, Rachel painting, 2010, Oil on gessoed canvas panel, 19 x 12 inches.