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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Plein Air Painting

I went plein air painting with my Thursday painters this week and had a wonderful time. We went to the Maria Stein Shrine of the Religious Relics, Maria Stein, Ohio, run by the Sisters of the Precious Blood. The day was mostly cloudy, but very comfortable, except for the occasional threat of rain. I decided to paint this little chapel which was built in honor of a child who was healed there. As you can see, it is a very small building in relation to the objects around it, large enough to walk into, but just! It is a charming, inspirational place, but my painting ended up looking like an illustration in Winnie the Pooh, because of the black Sharpie marker that I outlined my drawing with before I did the watercolor wash. David Lobenberg had some posts on his blog using this technique which he created during a plein air class he was teaching in California. His paintings are beautiful, but I am convinced that he used a very fine Sharpie as compared to my 'fine.' You should check out his blog - it's great! There is a link to his blog on this blog.

6 comments:

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

I like the thicker lines, it looks kinda like a woodcut print that way. Very charming, it would make a great children's book illustration.

Barbara Sailor said...

Thanks, Susan...that is sort of what I thought too.

Barbara Sailor said...

Susan - it does look sort of like a woodcut...I am feeling ever so much better about it:)

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In fact, if you have a followers link, I'll also join that. Would be delighted if you signed up on mine, too. This way I'll be able to "visit" yours when I sign on to my blog's dashboard. Ruth Bodycott

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i feel best of it.