Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015 Jan. 27th plein air.....and The Oratorio then and Now

Seems like another round at the plaza will be fun. We noticed last week that the light just got better and better as we painted, so we'll meet in the plaza at 3 pm. We'll be in the area near the fountain or there about.  If you don't see us there just spell around you'll find us, either Tom or myself . Maybe in front of the churches. There are a lot of possibilities, shade and benches to paint from. If you're definitely coming let me know so I will watch for you.  Sun hat, view finder , all your supplies? See you soon. I'll post photos later.....Donna
 We probably won't be painting the church but just wanted to show everyone what it used to look like in this part of the Plaza Civica.

From Insurgentes heading towards the Plaza Civica This is from about 2008 before they painted the  Oratorio in ORANGE, YELLOW an RED! What were they thinking??


This is the Oratorio Church from the Plaza Civica. Pre- 2009,  pre- paint job.
And here it is now!  I like color but.....not really fond of this version. :( !!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

2015 Painting in the Plaza Civica Tuesday at 2pm January 20th

El Oratorio Church in the Plaza Civica a colorful building to paint but we will probably just wander around the plaza and look at subjects from various perspectives. Let's meet by the Fountain at 2 pm Tuesday for a great plein air session. Weather is predicted to be sunny. Let's hope so, last week was very cloudy and too dull for painting. let me know if you will be coming. Donna

Sunday, January 11, 2015

2015 Plein air this week Jan. 13th 2 pm.near the San Antonio Church

Okay for this week we'll meet in front of the San Antonio Church. We'll be scouting out sites from there. Meeting  at 2 pm  weather permitting. Forecast is for sun and it should warm up by the afternoon. Let me know if you're coming as we will be wandering away from the plaza a bit. Don't forget your camera and view finders etc. See you Tues. Donna


"Sunny Walkway" 9 x 12" oil on panel -Here's my oil from last week at Cruz del Pueblo Just linda and I peaceful place to paint.

The San Antonio Church in San Miguel

Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015 January 6th plein air Cruz del Pueblo 2 pm

From near the top of Cruz del Pueblo 
The location for this weeks plein air Calle Cruz del Pueblo Tues at 2. Jan 6th.
Weather permitting. Hoping for sunshine of course. You can enter Cruz del Pueblo street which is all steps from Salida a Queretero at the bottom of the steps. Calle Garita is right below Salida a Queretero and Cruz del Pueblo starts above the Salida.
If you want to taxi to the top of Cruz then ask the driver to take you to Calle Cabello and let you off at Cruz del Pueblo  or say "arriba de Cruz del Pueblo por favor". Anyway when we all arrive at 2pm we will pick out a spot along the steps , simple or complex whichever you like. there are good examples of both to choose from.  ......E mail me if you are coming. Donna

Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 Dec 30th Last plein air

"Morning Glories and Nopal "waterecolor. 15.5 x 9.5 in. available for sale.
This was done as a demo done in the studio last week with my watercolors students. Turned out to be fun for everyone. 

Plein air next week on Tues. afternoon DEC 30th we will meet in the jardin for our last plein air for 2014!  TIME 2:00 pm center of Jardin. I will be there so just scout around. Can't say exactly where we'll be. Depends on the light and shadows. Bring a hat and dress in layers but it should be warm in the afternoon. View finder and camera for reference photos.

it's been a fabulous year and it should be an interesting 2015 season here too for plein air painting. Some of the high lights for me in the last year is seeing the improvements that my students have made. I always enjoy seeing students advancing to the next level, and many have. I look forward to seeing students returning and a whole new crop of new ones!!
Just a reminder we will be having our 3rd annual student show at the end of January, on the 30th from 5 til 8 pm running until Feb 1st.. The Friday class on Jan.30th will be changed to 10:30 to 1:30 to allow set up time for the show. We'll have more about that later.

Donna, Linda & Tom painting on Recreo .


Sunday, December 21, 2014

2014 Painting on Recreo results from Tues. Dec 9th

 'SHADOWS ON RECREO' oil on panel 12"x 16 " This was so much fun to paint. I have walked by this scene so many times and decided yes it was time to paint it.Tom and I were joined by Linda working in watercolors and a new student Barbara came by to have a look. We took up the spot reserved for the  deliveries to the store behind us called "Solutions" and we managed to dodge most of the traffic. The key here  in painting this was how much saturation or intensity of color to use. The warm blue building was slightly lighter then the background cooler blue sky. Interesting juxtapositions. And also getting enough intensity into the orange shadows was tricky too. When in doubt it seems best to go a little stronger then you normally would as when viewed indoors it will not look as saturated.
Plein air next week will be cancelled due to Christmas holidays. Stay tuned  for the last one for this year on the afternoon of 30th of December. Location to be announced soon.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Plein air 2014 December 16th

Plein Air on Recreo  Tuesday Dec 9th at 1:30 pm
Here's a delightful scene on Recreo between Correo and Hospicio -Thought we could have some fun with this. It's right across the street from Solutions. You can zoom in or add more sky. Lots of approaches to play with. Use lots of texture, palette knife , or just do the blue house and door. The challenge will be in trying to capture the light and shadow colors. Let me know if you're coming. After last's weeks complicated Aldama scene, this will give us a bit of a break.We'll be painting in the afternoon so it should be ok temperature wise. There's Casa Cafe on the corner of Hospicio and Recreo, very handy for cafe and snacks and the all important use of facilities if needed. See you there. Donna
 And here's our paintings from last week. The ultimate challenge!
"Calle Aldama" oil 14" x 18" by Tom Dickson
"Aldama Afternoon" oil 12 x 16" by Donna Dickson  It was fun and challenging to do such a complicated scene.