Brother Dave came to visit me last weekend- you know he has been coveting the scenery and the art scene that I have here in Jacksonville. So Friday night we went down to the Artwalk in St. Augustine and had a wonderful time. Saw lots of artwork- some that was great and some was what I would stick in the "crafty" category. We finally got dinner at Harry's around 8pm and I froze sitting on the patio, but the food was great.
Saturday was plein art day with the pastel folks. I have a great time doing this and I love talking to these people, but my pictures out in the wild do not turn out very well. If only that darned sun would hold still. I guess at some point I will be faster and these will turn out better. I also think that I am looking too far away, maybe I need to change my focus to the 20 feet in front of me. I've probably done less than a dozen of these outdoor paintings so far, and they always fall a little short for me. Well, I will keep practicing.
This is my painting of the lake:
And this is Dave's:
His pictures are much more consistent than mine at this point (of course, he has done more) and he has a cool kind of giant stylized pointillism emerging.
Sunday we ran around to the arboretum and Hanna Park and the beach so Dave could get a bunch of photos to take home..... He has already given me instructions to get some more wave pictures "in different light". So I guess his next series will be of the ocean waves....