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April 2011

Gunnar Wildforss

Paint the National Parks...
That was the practice of Gunnar Wildforss, a Swedish born artist from the early 20th century (he died in 1934 to give you a perspective.  Many of his paintings are displayed in the national parks that he painted, some of which are: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone.  He painted in watercolor on locations, en plein air. 
So inspiring, I love the detail and the depth of the paintings, it brings you in and gives you that feeling of vertigo, without actually being there.  I want to paint with that much depth!  Look him up on Google Images and see some of his paintings.  
I would love to know what you think! 
PS.  This information was gleaned from the current issue of Plein Air magazine. 

This Week

This week looks to be a busy one in the painting world.  Last week I worked to finish up many of my pieces, that is a slow process.  But they are coming along!  This week I will again go out and do some Plein Air paintings.  Likely I'll be at a partk in the middle of Orange County painting on Tuesday and still to be announced for the Friday painting. 
A few things to challenge myself and other Plein Air painters from a painter recently highlighted in the Plein Air magazine (he is now studying in Russia):
- Paint 2 small Plein Air paintings a day.  Nothing else will improve your use of color
Then from another painter:
- Paint 100 paintings each in 1 hour. 
So, I will take this advice and run...well Paint!  With two little boys it may be a bit slower, but I will try!  =)
The picture is a beautiful sunset we saw yesterday - I sure would like to paint this!

Garden Festival Painting and News Publicity

Garden Festival 2011
This past Saturday I painted for the San Clemente Garden Club Spring Festival, April 9th.  Such a great opportunity to finish a painting in one sitting - good practice!  Not only that, it was a great way to have publicity with many people walking by watching me paint and talking to me.  Fun!  I didn't win the competition, the winner was Rita Pacheco with a beautiful painting of sunflowers.  I look forward to studying with her in the future. 
BUT - I was in the paper local paper with a picture of me painting.  I'm going to head to San Clemente tomorrow and see if I can get a copy of this paper. 
Here is the painting I finished called: Garden Festival 2011.  Each artist picked a flower arrangement to paint.  The flower arrangements were also being judged by the public. 
Garden Festival 2011 is a 11 x 14 inch painting.  The original and frame is on sale for: $65.00.  Please go to my webpage and click on 'BUY' to purchase this painting. 

Tom Lynch workshop paintings by Tara

Hello All! 
Here are the pictures that I had the privilege to paint while learning under Tom Lynch.
The first is a night painting of a farmhouse with a pile of cut flowers ready for sorting the next day.  A light source is shining from outside the painting to illuminate parts of the yard. 
The next three are a whole workshop on painting sunlight and shadow. 
The first (right to left and then the one below) is a work on how the sun affects land from the sun source and out.  When sunlight shines from the source on land (as in a sunset) the color series is from yellow, orange, red, red-violet, violet, then deep blue.  After the deep blue is reached the real color can be visible.
The second painting is the sun shining through the trees.
The third is the effect of shadows cast by a group of tall trees.