July 14 through 18 I was painting on the Oregon Coast with a group of other artists. We painted in the mist, wind, cold, bright sun--whatever the weather, we painted. So the coast is a pretty challenging place to paint outdoors because of the variety of elements. As you read last week, I lost my last painting due to my poor preparation for a wind gust.
My personal goal was to find patterns in these landscapes to direct my painting. In a way, it is like creating a language--a symbol for this, a symbol for that. In the studio, especially painting an interior scene, you can borrow patterns from all sorts of sources. But painting landscapes, you have to interpret what is in front of you. In this posting I'll share my attempts and ask for your comments.
These two paintings are my first day's efforts.
Plein Air Painter
Another day I felt pretty exhausted from the hard work of thinking so hard about patterns. I came up with these two more traditional coastal watercolors.
This final painting I did mid-week and it totally drained me. It was really the peak of my painting in personal symbols. I can't really tell you where it came from, but it was like giving birth.
Cummins Creek Bridge