Groups of Trees, field oil landscape painting

Groups of Trees, field oil landscape painting

©Becky Joy     "Groups of Trees, OR"       oil         6x8"

I painted these trees while visiting family in Oregon. I love painting the farm fields, kind of nostalgic for me. Most of my family has lived on small farms in the Willamette Valley. This was a group of trees in a farm field, a typical scene for Oregon. The field had turned to a golden color in the late summer.

The brushwork in the painting in kind of flicked around on the trees.

Still setting up my show! Working really hard there.

Becky

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Garapata plein air oil paintings

Garapata plein air oil paintings

SOLD Garapata Strength   5″ x 7″ oil on canvas panel

I tried to take some photos of work in progress, but like usual I missed a few steps. For this painting I used a cotton canvas for the support, not my favorite. I used some of Gamblin’s solvent free get to help move the paint when I first layed in the paint. It helped to spread over the rougher canvas weave. The second painting was a small barn with a patch of wild mustard.

 

Wild Mustard  5″x7″ oil on canvas panel

On to a new location tomorrow. I will be staying and painting with a friend in Redwood City, CA for a couple of days. Talk to you all later. Becky

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Painting at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey

Painting at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey

I spent the day painting at Fisherman’s Wharf. I’ve painted here before, including the wharf. The boats aren’t something that really appeals to me. So, this time I painted a different direction, south. I started the painting, having most of the painting done except the decoration, the final strokes. I went to lunch with Kathryn Stats, Kate Starling and Marcia Bailey. Then came back to finish those final strokes.

 

Monterey    oil on canvas panel  8″x10″

I finished up and started walking back to the car. I intended to go somewhere to paint my 5×7’s. Instead I saw Deb Groesser and Eric Rhoades painting two homeless people. That looked too exciting to pass up. I joined the growing group. I intended to paint both the man and the woman, but by the time I started painting her, they were getting tired of their modeling job. She kept turning away and getting up, etc. Anything, but sit still. So, I gave up on her and have a painting of the man. It was a quick study, but I think I got the essence. Anyway, it was a lot of fun.

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Reflection Plein Air oil painting in Carmel

Reflection Plein Air oil painting in Carmel

I’ve been at the Plein Air Convention in the Carmel/Monterrey area. I’ve been VERY busy going to demos, looking at products (& buying), visiting friends, meeting new ones, dinners and lunches and some painting.

Hopefully, tomorrow is filled with painting time. I’m happy with what I’ve painted so far, but it has been less than the usual. And, I have to tell you. The first day out on the 7th (when I was going to start my 60 paintings), I was ill-prepared to be painting. I forgot to add a new tube of white paint in my pack. I tried to use light colored paints with my mixtures, but it was ultimately a scraper.

I’ve painted two paintings on Museum mat board coated with shellac. It’s a smooth surface and surprising I liked painting with it. Two painting were on double primed linen panels. This is the first time that I have painted a 5×7 painting. That was a challenge and took much longer than I expected.

So, not much experimenting yet. After leaving Carmel, I will be going to a friend’s in Redwood City for some more painting. I should be able to get more done at that time.

Talk to you all later.

Becky

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A Month of Workshops is Over

A Month of Workshops is Over

A full class of 16 in Mississippi at Dot Courson’s

From home in Arizona, I first traveled to Fredericksburg, Texas for a plein air workshop which was organized by The Good Art Company which is the gallery that represents me in Fredericksburg. A week before I left for the workshops we decided to have a “studio sale” at the school while I was in town for the workshop. Some paintings sold online before the actual “opening”. It worked out well enough that I think we may try it again next year.

After a few days of visiting my son and his family, I headed out to Dahlonega, GA for another workshop. This was my first trip to Georgia and I think I hit the perfect weekend for fall color. It was wonderful. Below are two of the paintings from the trip. The featured painting was a demo and the two below were painted after the workshop while exploring more of the area.

Georgia barn painting

Second Floor Storage    11″ x 14″    oil

The next workshop was the one in Pontotoc, Mississippi. I had such a great time visiting my friend Dot Courson. We met a few years ago at a plein air event in Gadsden, AL and have kept up our friendship with phone calls. It was so good to spend some time at their house.

Dot and her husband did a fabulous job of organizing the workshop. At each workshop, I gave a copy of my book Create Beautiful Paintings Using Foundational Concepts to each of the students. My workshops follow much of the book and makes it easier for each student to follow the information that I give them and to add to the book. Each of the three days I painted a new demo with something entirely different to teach the students.

Now, I’m back in Austin, Texas visiting my son and his family for a few days before heading home to Arizona. It has been exhausting, fulfilling, and exciting. I met lots of facebook friends, some old friends and lots of new students. Thank you to all of your for an enjoyable and successful trip.

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Another Painting From Georgia

Another Painting From Georgia

Sunday, No Mail   12″x9″ oil plein air painting

I painted this on obviously on Sunday, as the title suggests. Anita Elder took me out in the Georgia mountains to paint. Both of us like those old barns, houses and buildings. This spot had a 360 degree view of different building. I first was drawn to the bright white of the house against the darks and grays and the shape of the roads.  

Once I started painting, I noticed the three mailboxes in a row along with the street sign. It was an involved painting and at times I fought to not get caught up in too much detail. In this, as in all of my paintings, I went through the painting when I was done and loosened it up by obliterating edges. I feel that I need to see the painting in its entirety before I can make the decision of which edges to lose and how much.

Tomorrow I start my workshop in Mississippi with 16 students. I’m looking forward to meeting many facebook friends. I have some surprises waiting for them in the morning. Stay tuned.

Talk to you all later.

Becky

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Demo Painting From the Dahlonega, GA Workshop

Demo Painting From the Dahlonega, GA Workshop

“Georgia Farmhouse”  11×14″   $1000. priced framed, varnished and free shipping

I’ve been on the road A LOT in the last three weeks or so. It started with Denver for a marketing workshop with Alyson Stanfield, very informative and still lots of info to sift through. I was home for about a week, but I also was sick most of that week. OK now, but I didn’t get much done that I wanted to before leaving on my three week workshop trip.

I started with the first workshop in Fredericksburg, TX and visiting my son and his family in Austin. I still have to sift through photos for this location. I wasn’t quite up to par until the workshop. After a couple of days in Austin, I traveled to Mississippi and stayed overnight at my friend Dot Courson’s house.

Then on to Dahlonega, GA for the second workshop. Another great group of people. I love meeting all these facebook friends. It’s wonderful to put faces and names together and actually meet  in person. The featured painting was painted on the second day of the workshop.

We went to an organic farm. You can see by the painting that there was a garden planted here. Since fall has come, not a lot of the garden remains. The house was the original house on the property and has long since been abandoned. Part of the red siding remains and the bare boards are weathered to a cool almost blue color in the shade. It made a great combination with the greens and fall colors, making a colorful painting. I’ll be posting more info about the workshops in the coming days.

Wednesday, I’ll be starting the third workshop in Mississippi at Dot Courson’s.

Talk to you all later.

Becky

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Painting in Venice Italy

Painting in Venice Italy

I’m getting a lot of painting time in now. I found myself being more of a tourist in Siena and Florence. I had to hit the museums and view all the architecture from my old art history books. I’m spending a little more time in Venice, so its been much easier to paint and to be a tourist.  

Ive also had a difficult time getting to posting with a tablet, not so easy. The newsletter, forget it. Thats just not happening.

Anyway, today was a good painting day with three done. The first one was painted along the Grande Canal. I found a quiet corner to hide in. I needed a quiet time after being in San Marcos Square. I did have an audience the whole time with a grandmother taking the baby out in the buggy. She needed a quiet place too, to let the baby sleep.

Next, I got on the vaparetto until I felt like getting off and I got hungry. I walked a ways, saw this house and loved the shades of green on it. But, I was still hungry. So I came back to it after lunch. The whole time I was painting, two elderly men were discussing Obama. I have no idea if it was good or bad.

Green House at Rio Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro, Venice, Italy 6×8 oil on panel

The last painting was stopping on the way back to the place im staying. The geraniums caught my eye when I looked down an alley. Im hoping to post a little more from this trip, but I have to admit, it takes me twice as long on the tablet. Anyway, I will post, just dont hold your breath waiting too soon. I want to paint.

Becky

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Painting Italy

Painting Italy

I’m in Italy now teaching a workshop. If you are womdering what happened to me and my newsletter last month, I was moving. I’m still living in Phoenix, just a new place. I didn’t realize how much stuff I had acquired in my studio.

Needless to say, I’ve been busy. Anyway, it has been a very interesting workshop here in Tuscany Italy. I’ve had a real mix of students, England, Canada, the US and Saudia Arabia. They have been a fabulous group. My internet has been brief and sporadic at times. It has been three or maybe four days since I started this post. Ill catch you up here with a few photos.

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Lake Pleasant Plein Air & Harmony, CA

Lake Pleasant Plein Air & Harmony, CA

I went out to at Lake Pleasant yesterday for painting. The painting part was easy. I’ve spent the rest of today working on my tablet, not easy. I don’t want to be lugging my computer around Europe. So, I’m making sure I can do what i want with the laptop. I have some cloud space in which to store videos and paintings. Then the amount will be unlimited.

I needed to figure out how to move videos and photos from an sd card into the cloud storage. Got that after maneuvering through my tablet. Then to edit and size the photo. check. All the connections I’ll need and the sd card reader. Check. I’m not sure how many actual posts I’ll be making. That seems to take me quite a while.

One thing I couldn’t figure out was how to hyperlink a word. I tried by highlighting, but that only got me as far as copy or paste. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do that job.

I’ve fallen behind lately on the painting and posting. I do have a few from CA that I had forgotten to post. This is one of them from the town of Harmony, CA along the 101. I’ve painted an old truck here a few years ago. The truck is still there, but the lighting wasn’t good.

So, I turned to this house with the white picket fence. I’ve been busy lately putting my home on the market and searching for something to rent. I decided I needed to have a lot of this settled before leaving for Europe. I intended to put the house on the market earlier, but time slipped by me. So, busy packing, house hunting and running errands to finish getting ready to leave for my trip. Getting organized.

Talk to you all later. Becky

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