Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Artist Disappearing Act

 
"Morning at Gilroy Gardens"
19" x 14" Watercolor
 
Where is Mary? There hasn't been a lot of time to blog after returning from Europe, with much welcome family visits from back East. I plan to create more entries for my recent trip, but for now, let me catch you up on a touch of recent art.

I  attended a few drawing classes and did a bit of plein air. Our SCVWS Paint Sites group painted last Saturday on a special Art in the Gardens day at Gilroy Gardens, an amusement park for young children with many beautiful gardens. The operational team wants to expose children to the creative process, so we were part of the entertainment! I loved this spot with ponds, rocks, and falls, backed by redwood trees. Just below us were large swan- and duck-shaped paddle boats with parents and children. I have a fabulous photo I hope to paint. It just captures the fun. I reached a point about 3/4 done when I made myself stop. I gave a lot of thought on how to finish the painting at home. Of course, as always, I struggle with values.

The previous Thursday, the group painted at the Saratoga  Historical Museum, a lovely little collection of old buildings and pretty gardens. I loved the artist at work. The color is off here - the sky is blue, not pink.

"Artist at Work"
13" x 10" Watercolor
 
I also attended a few of my Monday morning drawing class. The pastels are not finished because I never have enough time in class.
 





That last one is a hoot, based on a still life with skull, bottle, cup, and teapot. I always need a story. George O'Keefe must have been enjoying a spot of tea with a hit of liquor while creating her masterpiece.

Stay tuned for more updates and finally visits to your blogs.....

8 comments:

CrimsonLeaves said...

Wow, Mary. One of my favorites of your watercolors to date. You did an amazing job and it is beautiful. I must say that I think your pastel work is just superb. You are gifted with them.

hw (hallie) farber said...

I just re-read your adventure (and love Marinka's Figs). Welcome back, Mary.

Barb Sailor said...

I love your plein air work, Mary!

Mary Paquet said...

Sherri, thanks for your support. I was pleased with this piece. I keep asking myself why I do not do more pastels...

Mary Paquet said...

Hallie, going to Marinka's was so special. The fig painting cane together in a half hour and I liked the results.

Mary Paquet said...

Barbara, I think my plein air work shows the immediacy of the moment. Not labor ing over a piece for days give a freshness that I don't always achieve in my studio.

Jean Lurssen said...

Wow you have been very productive and your results is superb. You should be very pleased with yourself.

Candy said...

Mary, I like all of them - especially the two watercolors! You made me chuckle with your comment on O'Keefe:)