The Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters went out to Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley but since I was late, I couldn't find anyone (How was I to know that you had to follow the road that said "PRIVATE ROAD!"?? ) so I painted this cool gatepost with the matilja poppies and the Santa Lucia Mountains in the background. Sometimes bad luck is good luck! (not such good luck with the photo, however. grr)
Another foggy day in 'sunny california'! The minute I finished this, packed up, and started hiking back to the car, the sun came out, the water turned sapphire blue, the...well, you get the drift. Rats
This week I am painting for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History's " Plein Air Affaire." We brought in some "dry paintings" and now we are doing some paintings outdoors on stamped canvasses ("wet paintings.") As we are in the midst of California's "June Gloom" this is a challenge. Fortunately, this field of mustard flowers provided all the sunshine anyone could want!
So last Friday I had to do a demonstration at Gallery North as part of Carmel-by-the-Sea's First Friday. I decided that painting my dog would be fun because although I have painted lots of dogs, I had never painted her. Well, you can't have your dog feeling left out, can you? She looks pretty cheerful here, don't you think?
A foggy morning at the lagoon in Carmel. This is looking East and usually the sun is in your eyes and it is hard to paint. Today, the hills are invisible in the fog and certainly no sun is getting in anyones eyes but the scene is beautiful anyway...
I have spent the past week in West Newbury, Massachusetts visiting Lee Rowan and taking a fabulous workshop from Carol Marine. We learned about values by doing a one-color painting, about painting outside -- putting down the 'most vulnerable' colors first, and doing elipses in a very precise way. We also learned to squint. Squint! Squint! We learned lots of other things as well but that would take 4 days to relate!
This is another painting from the Carmel Art Festival. On this day, I decided to warm up and found a spot where the sun was thinking of shining! While I painted this scene with the nice road & a few lupines, a whole herd of cows came and watched me paint! These are a few of the first ones. Later on, they must have phoned all their friends because there was quite a crowd. Painting outside is a lot of fun!
This is one of the paintings I did for the Carmel Art Festival (May 12-16). Naturally, I forgot to take a photo so this picture is one I got off the Art Festival web site. It was painted Wednesday night right after we got our canvasses stamped and it was freezing and gloomy. Everything was grey-blue except for the little bit of rapidly disappearing light at the horizon.
I have been waiting for a fabulous sunset to paint and they have all been pretty dull. However, the sky was pretty nice and I painted this in the 20 minutes it took my husband to run into town for pizza! We were all happy!
So here I am painting the mission again. It is a really hard building to paint probably because it is entirely hand made. We are so used to buildings with everything at perfect right angles and so on that we tend to have trouble with this kind of architecture.
And not only that, I left out the bird sitting on the side of the dome!
It has been cold, windy and raining like anything so that all my paintings have rain spots on them. Finally, I decided to paint en plein photo...in other words, in the comfort of my garage! Voila! Sun, puffy clouds, Paris...ahhh
Well, I forgot to take photos of my small painting until it was too dark so here is a plein air one. The weather has been fabulous lately (if you were following the ProAm at Pebble Beach last weekend, you may have seen the cool shots from the blimp proving my point!) So...with great weather, it is time for outdoor paintings!
I painted another model boat today but had a #@$! time taking its picture so here is a cow I painted outside. I notice that the cow picture isn't full of glare but on the other hand, it is out of focus. sheesh. My outside paintings are different from my inside paintings...maybe because I am using different brushes and a walnut-alkyd medium which gives the paint a different feel. hmm
I am so bad about photographing my paintings! I didn't think of taking a picture of this one until it was in a frame and in the gallery! yikes! See the line of dark shadow on the left hand side of the picture? This is what happens if you are naughty and take the picture with the frame on! Anyway, it was a fun day at the beach with lots of wind and waves and dogs playing and me painting!
My name is Cornelia Emery and I paint outdoors all the time. Recently, I have started doing small paintings indoors also...one every day. What an exciting challenge! Each small painting is for sale starting at $100.
To see some of my other works, visit my web site, www.corneliaemery.com. You will find the link below...