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. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

2014 September classes begin

SS. Master built in Vancouver 1922 False Creek Harbour from Granville Island - I really wanted to paint this but couldn't find a suitable spot out of the sun.
2 Fawns and mother deer grazing on Cypress Mtn. overlooking Vancouver Harbor
A watercolor I did paint  from Vancouver - A  1929 Glascow built tug The St. Eval. It was converted to a pleisure craft, by Dennis Washington owner of the Seaspan fleet of tugs. This I painted from the Lonsdale Quay. It was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for painting. approx. 8" x 10"

At  Deep Cove
Porteau Cove towards Whistler  A spot that would be fun to paint from, lots of mountain and island views
A touch of Fall in the Lynn Valley, North Vancouver

Leaving Vancouver early dawn with Mtn. peaks lit up
At Dawn a pink glow over the Tswassen Ferry Terminal 
Back home in San Miguel after my travels to B.C. I had a great visit with family. Our schedule for next week
Tues Sept 9th Plein air  meet at the entrance to the gallery at 9 :15 am be prepared for what ever weather -we'll be painting in centro.
Wed, Sept 10th - watercolors in the studio at 10 am til 1 pm
Thurs, Sept 11th - oils and acrylics in the studio 10 to 1 pm
Friday Sept 12th - oils and acrylics more advanced  10 to 1 pm
If you are new and need more info about classes ... e mail me at

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2014 Sept. Class schedule changes

Afternoon Guanatjuato" 12 x 16 " oil  this one was inspired by our plein air workshop last February when we painted in Guanajuato. A fun day for all. I completed this in the studio. ..... So I  will be away in Vancouver for "quince dias" 2 weeks so.... Classes will resume Plein air on the  Sept 9th at 9:15 location in centro. TBA. Sept 10th watercolors in the studio ....Sept 11th and 12th  oils and acrylics in the studio all studio classes  10 am to 1 pm Stay tuned for pictures and hopefully paintings from Vancouver! Here's some more paintings completed lately.

Morning on Cuesta de Loreto 11 x 14" I love the colorful streets in my neighborhood.
Afternoon Light with Cactus. 11 x 14" watercolor  This a great street to paint from, steep and cobblestones. Lots of character. Let me know if you'll be coming to the next session of classes. And Adios to those I will not see when I get back. Donna

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Plein air results from Tues. Aug 12 2014

"CRUZ DEL PUEBLO VISTA" oil 10 x10" This was a challenging scene. The light kept altering with cloud and sun. A time when you have to really hold on to your first impression and not chase the light. This a great little street all stairs, very steep and the residents are pretty spry. The older lady walking thru' my painting lives above this scene an goes back and forth to town every day.
Alice painting this morning in watercolors
Linda doing watercolors, the new benches are a hit with students.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

2014 August plein air Tues August 12th 9:15 am

Hi all,  we'll be meeting on Calle Cruz del Pueblo this week at 9:15 am. The street that is all stairs no traffic! Cruz del Pueblo begins above Salida a Queretero, just above Garita. So walking up from centro you could come up Correo or San Francisco turn right onto Salida a Quert. and go along til you see Garita below you on your right and to your left going up stairs is Cruz del Pueblo. If you taxi up the driver can let you out there as we will be painting at the lower end closest to salida. If you're driving you can take the next street up the Salida that you can turn left, which is Cuesta de Loreto. Very narrow opening by the little chapel of Loreto. Very steep too. You go up only about a half block and turn left onto Cabello, this will take you to the top of Cruz del Pueblo and there is parking along there. You can then walk down as we will meet in the lower end of Cruz.
This is in the lower section with just one set of steps from here down to Salida a Queretero
Flowers on the Cruz . Lots of nice landscaping and new benches
Weather permitting it should be fun.
Here' a great view and can be done sitting if you like. I prefer to stand so that you can get back from your picture. 

This is on the upper end of Cruz del Pueblo a great view as well. As we have painted from this area many times we are choosing to paint from lower down. Not to say you can't get some great photos to take away with you.  Go easy on coffee consumption as near by washroom options are not too plentiful. Recreo and Hospicio at the Cafe de Casa is the closest, which is a steep downhill about 2 blocks  from where we will be. Don't forget a sun hat and your paints and equipment and camera.  You will need your camera for reference photos for finishing you painting. Usually the light has changed so much by the time you finish painting it is good to a have a reference for the light and shade of the early morning.The weather is supposed to be nice. If not we'll go next week. See you Tuesday.