Photo Album
Here is a my easel at work on a painting titled: "Shaded Pool." I really loved the contrast of the business of the stream versus the calm of the pool. I've been at this one for 3 summers so far. It's almost finished, and I'll share more when it gets there.
Here is the location for the painting titled: "Morning Path." It's a pretty dazzling and dramatic metamorphosis as this view evolves over 2 hours or so. I'm looking almost exactly perpendicular to the sun's path, so the change is pretty fast. The complexity is also a little dazzling, and I spent this first season on it a little bewildered at times ... still getting to know lots of its essence, and looking forward to diving back in next year.
Here is a slightly comic take on why I nicknamed my outdoor garden process: "Flowers First, Leaves Later," and also pretty good documentation of why this painting came one flower short of being finished. By now, I'm quite used to having pieces carry over from one season to another, and it will be interesting to see how the bush grows and changes in a year.
Here is a "Flowers First" painting that worked out. I'll add 2 more photos, because they show the process unfold for this one. It was a real adventure of composing on the go, and using my instincts and best guesses. At this point I could see the flowers of the upper right had just opened, and the lower left were about to open.
Phew, finished the flowers just in time ...
Always touch ups, but mostly the lower right to go.
I've enjoyed this October piece so much, but it has involved one aesthetic compromise that I hope you won't mind. I slightly preferred the composition from right under the ginormous leaning tree ... but when I pondered its weight and mass, I decided the composition from 7 feet back was almost as good : >)
Here's the same piece at a later moment, at the close of the day's painting session. As you can see, my time at this spot has not been good for the grass on the bank where I've been standing ... maybe I should reseed it when the piece is finished, or is this covered by"leave only footprints?"
Working on this painting has been such a genuine uplift: March sun and the rush of the water is a sound that my soul just soaks up hour after hour. I hope some of that makes it into the painting.   Besides the fact that this painting spot rocks ... it has been plein air painlessness: March and April sun, while watching and listening to the earth come alive again.
Here is my setup and workplace for many sunny mornings one summer. The sun's path is across this viewpoint, so some of the light effects were especially brief. This made for many"Wait, what?" and "Aarrrrgh!" moments, but these were comforted by plans to revisit and hang out here as long as it took. Great place to hang out.   Here is a photo I like to call "painting peonies in the wild" ... as wild as the back patio gets. One of the challenges to this kind of painting is the new and compelling version of the flower that the changing sun offers every twenty minutes or so. I didn't do too bad with that this time around and only painted the flowers about two and a half times over the two days.
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Painting David Diaz at the MAPAPA Annual Meeting 2013. Thanks again for posing David, and to Kirk Larsen for such a great comic twist on the moment.
palette by snow stream   painting under a wonderful neighborhood magnolia tree
Here is my "Snow Stream" painting in progress. It's funny how some painting days in winter can be quite cushy, and this was one of those days.   Here is a souvenir of my painting time under an absolutely wonderful magnolia tree during Plein Air Easton. This painting was nothing but a pleasure all the way through, and the photographer displayed his expertise by bringing a ladder along with him. Thanks again for loaning such a great photo, Ted.
Photo of Robert and his daughter Sofia painting by the pond Photo of Sofia painting at her watercolor easel
Painting daddies don't get much happier than this.
Photo of Robert with his painting friends:  Scott Yeager and Ed Cooper   Photo of Robert's easel in a local stream, courtesy of his new rubber boots
From Right to Left: Ed Cooper, Scott Yeager, and the sunrise they insisted we paint. Thanks for the great photo Lisa.   A pair of rubber boots expanded my horizons ... and compositions.
Photo of Robert painting by Hamlin Lake in Michigan
Hamlin Lake, Michigan at a very reasonable hour.
Photo of Robert's outdoor palette.
Photo of Robert painting with two friendly citizens in Annapolis Maryland Photo of Robert painting sun dapples at the Easton Brunch
My outdoor palette indoors. Painting in Annapolis with two friendly citizens. Chasing after some sun dapples at the Easton brunch. Thanks for another great photo Lisa!
Robert's office in Octoer   Photo of Robert flattening some grass and making the hmmmm face
The office in early October.   Smashing grass and making the "hmmmmmmm" face.
Photo of Robert's easel in Alexandria, Virginia   Painting in front of the Maryland Inn in Annapolis
Painting in town just before Easter.