Allied Artists' members and non-members alike came to Peter Strauss Ranch for en plein air painting on November 14. I had a wonderful time with my friends at this paint-out. Among them were active artist members: pastel artist Bruce Trentham, oil painters Robert Scopinich, Carole Garland, Patty O'Hearn and watercolorist Larry Deeds.
The morning started out a bit chilly, but as the sun rose it began to warm up. At 9 AM the demonstrating artist, Bruce Trentham, set up his pastel pochade box between the wooden log fence and the dry creek. Bruce did an excellent job explaining en plein air painting as a whole. He started by going over the details of his set up, materials and the importance of an umbrella. He enlightened participants on the composition of the landscape, color theory and the thought process. Bruce then demonstrated his pastel painting technique and answered questions. This was a valuable lesson for those who are new to plein air painting and it was completely free, no membership required.
Everyone went on to create their artworks right after seeing Bruce's demonstration. Members got spread out all over the park choosing from a variety of beautiful views. Many Sycamore trees were back lit by the sun which gave them a bright yellow glow amplifying Autumn's colors. As always one of the challenges of plein air painting is to find the right view, subject and composition. With so many great spots from meadows with trees, mountains with rock outcroppings to bright foliage of Sycamores it was hard to choose.
I found a great hideaway spot between some oak trees by the creek. I was very busy painting and didn't even noticed how the time passed. I wouldn't even have a photo of me painting if it wasn't for Bruce. He sneaked up on me and took that picture. The photo next to it is the scene I chose to paint.
Here is the work itself: AUTUMN SYCAMORE, 10"h x 8"w
At 12 noon many gathered at the picnic tables by the ranch house to have lunch and catch up on what's new. Soon after, we lined up our works against a rock wall for the art critique session, a valuable feed-back for artists of any level. A wide rage of works were displayed and Bruce Trentham volunteered to lead it.
This was another congenial Allied Artists SMMS event.
Please join Allied Artists SMMS for the next en plein air painting event on DECEMBER 12 at MALIBU LAGOON STATE BEACH and ADAMSON HOUSE. Located at 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy in Malibu Adamson House is a designated Natural Historic Site and a California Historic Landmark. The house and gardens have been called the "Taj Mahal of Tile" and the state park grounds afford a view of the Malibu Pier, the Malibu Lagoon and beaches, as well as the house and beautiful tile pools.