Recently, I enjoyed a trip to Iowa, my home state, to get together with my 4 siblings. We often don’t get to spend time with each other as we are spread far and wide. Below are a couple of quick plein-air watercolor sketches of the Cedar River and watercolor class with my grandniece.
If this traveling exhibition of Van Gogh ALIVE comes to your area, I highly recommend you see it. I recently saw it in Charlotte at the Discovery Museum and was quite impressed. It redefines the traditional museum experience. You learn a lot about the artist, Van Gogh and see thousands of his paintings at close range. Very well done and educational. It ends on June 1 in Charlotte so do not miss it. I have seen many of his originals over the years, but this production pulls in thousands of his paintings and tells the story of his life – all at close range. We know a lot about Van Gogh through his letters to his brother, Theo. Some of his brilliant thoughts were translated to English and shown; he was a remarkable man.
The experience is a bit like seeing the opera on MetLive in HD, shown at your local theaters. What a great way to bring art to the public who ordinarily could not see it.
Summer allows me more time to experiment with my painting a bit. This very quick sketch was an inspiration from a John Blockley book that I revisited. He died in 2002, but I had the privilege of meeting him in his studio in Stow in the Wold, Cotswolds several years ago. His studio was in an old historical Cotswold building. He experimented most of the time in watercolor, ink and pastel, which enabled him to create some very interesting effects and textures. This image is my first attempt at painting this way.
JB Style Sketch
watercolor on watercolor paper with ink and pastel.
With regret, the Filoli workshops from May 22 to May 28 must be postponed until next year – April 16 – 23, 2015! We intend to offer the same workshops then.
This is a reminder that the workshops at Filoli garden are ready for registration. Filoli in the Spring is spectacular!!!
May 22-23 Rice Paper and Wax
May 24 IPad Painting Compositions
May 27 – 29 Acrylic Painting
You can read more about them on this link: Filoli Garden Workshops