Had a super fun day with one of my best friends, Asem Ahmed, painting at the Ramapo Reservation. I titled the painting, "Broad View of Reflections, Ramapo Reservation" because I tried to capture a broad view of the reflections that I saw. I had always wanted to do a painting like this and I'm very proud of the way it turned out.
The beginning of summer so far has been very productive for me. I'm really enjoying the weather and being able to paint outside. I'm also really finding my own voice as an artist. I'm fondly remembering my trip to Spain last summer and I want to channel that energy into my new paintings.
My family's renting a beach house during July and I plan to do a lot of beach paintings while I'm there!
I got to try out my Jullian en plein air umbrella today with all this beautiful sunlight. I used the umbrella with my Mabef field easel and it worked beautifully. It really made it easier to gauge my colors on my palette and on the painting. What I really like about it is that it's white so it doesn't completely block out the sun. It's also not too small nor too large. If you're a plein air painter, then I highly recommend that you pick one up.
I look forward to using it a lot more as our flowers grow and I paint all summer long.
I set up my easel outside my house today to capture some of this beautiful day. Every single time I paint outside, from nature, I have a lot of clarity and thoughts.
I keep reminding myself that the way I do something will come out naturally. This relates to style and it's very tricky to put into words. It's like the adage about how muddy water is best cleared by letting it settle. My mind is pretty over active so it's not easy for me, but I'm trying to not try so hard, if that makes sense..