Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 Nov 25 Results from this mornings plein air and last week

Linda, moi y Kassie.  Linda was working in watercolor this morning, very challenging when the paint dries so quickly here.

 
Here's Kassie and I with our paintings of the Cuesta de San Jose Church in oils. It's a tranquil churchyard hardly a soul around.
" The Church, Cuesta de San Jose" oil 9 x 12"

" Corner of Aldama" oil 9 x 12" this is from last Tuesday. It's been fun painting with Linda and Kassie.



Sunday, November 23, 2014

2014 Nov 25th Tues plein air coming up

Here's where we'll be painting Tues. morning around 9:30am Nov. 25/ 2014      I was fooling around in Photoshop filters with this image. Looks pretty cool.
This church is looking good in it's new colors . The old Cuesta church color was a decidedly blah pink. Still we did paint the odd rendition of it and it turned out okay. It's a nice quiet spot to paint. Wear layers as we won't know what kind of weather we'll get at this time of year. No washrooms near by so don't go overboard with too much cafe before leaving. Maybe try chocolate instead of liquid to get you're energy up!  See you on location .Donna
 Directions straight up Cuesta de San Jose from Nunez and keep on Cuesta . You'll note Calle Montitlan going off on your left , don't turn just keep straight ahead up hill and it's just about 1/2 block more on your right. Any questions e mail me.

Monday, November 17, 2014

2014 Nov 17 th Tues plein air

Plein air Tuesday morning we're meeting at the Parque Juarez corner where Aldama and Tenerias meet at 9:15 am. 
 Weather permitting of course. The forecast is calling for partly cloudy high of  23C  -   73 F  so not too bad as long as it comes up quickly from overnight from around 7 or 8 C or about 45F
Should be a fun location. I'll post pics from the area next post. See you there Donna


Beach umbrellas from our trip to Guayabitos last week

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November plein air Tues Nov 4th 9:15 am Calle Aparicio

Calle Aparicio
Alley way off Tecolote  great shadows
We'll meet at 9:15 Tuesday at the entrance to Aparicio at Nunez There's lots of options in the area. Dress warmly it's been cool in the early morning. Let me know if you're coming .  Donna
Alleyway with a church top view


Sunday, October 5, 2014

2014 October plein air In the Jardin

In the studio this week Juliana has just turned 6.  Here she's drying her acrylic painting.

Tues Oct 7 -  9 :30 am . We'll be meeting to paint en plein air in the Jardin near the bandstand. From there we will select our quarry. Don't forget your camera, for reference photos, hat , dress in layers, view finder, brushes, thinner, paint and equipment and paper towel, Coffee and tea are easily at hand around the Jardin.

Lots of parades this week end .  Lots of color in celebration of San Miguel de Allende's birthday
Blessing of the horses on Saturday. 100's of horses all around the Jardin.This photo is from the gallery balcony, always at the center of things Hopefully all the week end activities will be over for a tranquil plein air.
So Tues at 9:30 am Oct 7th weather permitting! If in doubt send me a quick  email early, about 8:30. Or we can just paint from inside our courtyard. Fingers crossed for good weather. Donna

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September and Fall is here No plein air this week

Bajio Valley watercolor 5"x 7" A quick sketch of the clouds over the Presa.  
This week no plein air scheduled as we'll be away for Tuesday. But next week for sure. Hoping to do something in Centro.  It's been cloudy lately so haven't had much luck with plein air this past week. Just the one quick impression. Classes continuing in the studio and welcoming back returnees! Donna

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2014 September Paintings

The Lake  El Charco del Ingenio  8" x 10" oil on panel plein air
          Fun today. There has been lots of rain so the lake is full. In the winter it will be all dried up. Loved painting the light and shadows as they danced across the hills. Despite forgetting my easel I made due without it. Where there's a will there's a way. I don't recommend it but it can be done. I used the palette knife quite a bit in this one and thick over thin on a medium toned ground. I mapped in the shadows with thin paint before they changed. It' s a good idea not to chase the light, just stay with one pattern. A quiet day on my own not  many in the park today.
Light from the Window 8 x 8 " oil
And here's 2 paintings from the studio, from a photo by Billie Mercer with her permission.  I did a watercolor version and an oil. I'd love to know which one you like best. In the oil version I used a lot of modelling with the palette knife to get the old layered look and mood.
"Light from the Window " watercolor 10.5 x 10.5 "  I painted the watercolor version first. I actually like them both. It's interesting playing around with texture in both mediums. In the watercolor  I employed a variety of techniques, splatter, salt, washes etc. to achieve the old look of the walls.
Classes continuing in the studio Wed. Thurs. and Friday mornings from 10 til 1 pm. I'm open Saturdays 11 til 3pm if you want to drop by.
The February plein Air Workshop is filling up. It's Feb.23rd to 27th. open to all . Oils, Acrylics or Watercolors. There's a link at the top of the page to the workshop details.