Tuesday, February 3, 2009

My First "Plein Air Morning"

This blog will reflect on my very first time out with the Plein Air Painters. In the Spring of '07 in a park overlooking a bay I chose my location and began to set up my new French easel. Feeling open to public scrutiny I got out my palette of fresh oil paint and after taking a few photos of the scenery and fellow painters with my new digital camera, I proceeded to paint my first oil painting outside in the open air. Against all odds, this painting "Plein Air Morning" also was my first to exhibit in a juried show in a gallery! From there it became my first painting to sell. So many memories, and I hear it is living somewhere in Georgia now.

8 comments:

Mark Alan Meader said...

Your painting is very nice.. I noticed your comment on Patrick's French Landscapes blog and hopped on over from there. Keep up the good work!

Karen said...

Hi Jill, It's wonderful to discover your blog (via Loriann's)! Your work is lovely and vibrant, and I love the palette knife textures you achieve.
I look forward to seeing more!

Jill Berry said...

Thanks a lot for the comments.
Karen -
I have also enjoyed your "Visual Journey" and website. I appriciate the shared discoveries surrounding your work. As I scrolled back I remember liking the composition of "Storm on Palm Beach". "Small Sea" gets Honorable Mention. But to me your "Best of Show" are your current still lifes: "Grapefruits and Glass" and "Silver and Orange".
I bet Camille's Workshop was an experience. Concerning light and color temp., Susan Sarback teaches that style but with only a knife. After her video I tried it with a piece that's on my website, It's called "Cobalt Shadow". You can get to my website by clicking my easel pic. "View Gallery".

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Good for you and it couldn't have been warm either!

rahina qh said...

just discovered your blog after receiving a comment from you. i particularly like your confident brush work and the rush of colours create so much movement. the gold fish in an older painting are are delightful. r.

Pam Holnback said...

Your colors are great. I only occasionally use a palette knife for painting...maybe I should should try it again. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Dale Sherman Blodget said...

I like the way you do your blog, with the photos of the scene. It's wonderful to be able to see how you interpret compared to the way I would. Your strokes are so lively and generous. Beautiful paintings.

Jill Berry said...

Thanks for these comments on my work style and blog style. I so appreciate your feedback and interest.
Dale-
Concerning interpreting the scene, I quickly learned that this is the first task of the plein air artist. And it is always very interesting to see how others in the group choose to paint the same location.