Friday, August 3, 2012

Summertime

Roses in a glass jar , gouache
45 minute oil sketch plein air

Here it is August 3r., where has the time gone, summer is almost over.  The days are already
getting shorter.  At 5am this morning it was still dark.  My grandchildrens visit was fast and furious.  Not realizing how Mike and I have settled into our mellow lifestyle, it was quite an eye opener when the wee ones were visiting.  With all the hustle and bustle I miss them so much, it hurts.  But enough about that,what's next.

Painting, studying and more painting.   Bruce, yesterday it was outdoors in the heat and humidity, couldn't last more than 45 min.  hence, the second photo, 6x8 oil on board.

The first is a gouache study on paper.  Michael B. thank you again for directing me to Ralph Parker's blog and also Pamela Kay is a wonderful artist located on my side bar.  She paints in oils and gouache.  Her work is amazing.

Vic, I wasn't able to open this picture you sent via email.  Well my fellow bloggers, stay cool and enjoy the wonderful summer days we have left for painting outdoors.  Happy painting everyone.



18 comments:

  1. I love the loose design in these two - a somewhat abstract quality, but not. Fine work in my humble opinion. The heat in Texas is brutal right now - sapping my creative vibe ;0)

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    1. Dear Joan,under the sun of northern Italy is difficult to suspect that the summer is already over ... But every place has its own characteristics.
      In your work I find the exact mood of your words, I also know that in my life! Gouache and oil really well done!

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    2. Hi Trudy,
      Thank so much for the kind comment, your visit is truly appreciated.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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    3. Hi Rita,
      Thank your for the visit and lovely comment.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  2. These are wonderful paintings, Joan!! I love the second one...loose and beautiful as always.
    The summer seems to be passing by too quickly..although part of me is looking forward to the Fall!

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    1. Hi Hilda,

      Thank you, yes I think it's time for the clear and fresh air of Fall. Today is supposed to be lovely.
      Have a great one.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  3. Hi Joan.
    I like them both. But unlike our friend Hilda, my favourite is the first one. both lovely and loose, just the way I love to see a painting. keep them coming my friend. All the best Joan.
    Vic.

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    1. Hi Vic,

      Thank you for the encouragement on the first, it was a quickie, in fact so was the second. I do agree with you, I like the first one better. Have a great day my friend.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  4. What lovely work you do! Your florals are superb! Love the little oil sketh it is so soft and atmospheric!

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    1. Hi Linda,

      Thank you so much, I appreciate the encouragement.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  5. I love both of these Joan. I really must have a go with gouache.

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    1. Hi John,
      Oh yes do, you will love the way they handle. Give it a try.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  6. Good Morning Joan!... Two more lovely studies-both maintain that painterly quality but with good structure and soft colour!

    The heat has been equally brutal in our area as well. The River is down almost two feet... swamps and smaller creeks are now completely emptied of water... and we still face the usually even lower August water levels.

    Getting up early... to get my day going is my choice as well Joan! That's one wonderful August gift. Even in less light... it is COOLER! Paint away!

    Good Painting
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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    1. Good morning Bruce, yes we are early birds. After reading your post, I know you are also getting a break from the August heat.

      Have a great day,
      Joan

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  7. I love this rose painting! Beautiful brush strokes and colors.

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    1. Hi Virginia,

      Thank you for the visit and encouraging words.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  8. I LOVE that 45 minute sketch. Great!

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    1. Hi Douglas,

      Thank you so much, I actually enjoy doing these little quickies. I have to do the same with larger pieces.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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