Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Summer Weeds, 8 x 10" -Sold

Summer Weeds, pastel on board by Adriana Meiss

   The plein air group I go painting with has been very active this summer. This pastel is from the second time we went painting to the Grey Barn Farm in Tully.

  This time it took me a while to find something to paint that was different from the previous visit there so I settled on the weeds. I had to set my box on a slope which made it painful on my feet and after an hour I had to call it quits.

   Once in the studio I had to make several changes for the painting to read well, like lightening the color of the hill and trees in the background, and getting rid of a distant tree. As it invariably happens, once posted here, I saw several things that needed more fixing, but in general, I'm happy with the atmosphere of the painting.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Field Sentinels, 10x8"

Field Sentinels, pastel on board by Adriana Meiss
   This is the second paintings based on the same field of the previous painting.

   I'm really enjoying painting when I force myself to imagine different weather conditions and light for a scene. There is always a lot of thinking involved and one has to experiment with colors; and even if things don't work, one is likely to come up with a pleasing color combination that could be used in another painting.