September classes…some changes are coming πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ¨

August is here with the summer heat, thunderstorms, farmers markets, BBQs, travel, family and friends. I’ve been getting lots of painting done and enjoying spending two day weekends with Andrew πŸ™‚ We are kooking forward to returning to Cape Cod in September. I have made a friend on the cape who is also a painter. She knows all the good spots for breaking out the easel so I’m looking forward to seeing her again and painting together. Most of all I look forward to spending time with Andrew, to breakfast on the little deck overlooking the bay, walking the dogs on the beaches, eating lots of lovey fresh seafood and whale spotting. πŸ‹πŸ¦πŸ πŸŒŠπŸΆπŸ‘«β›±β˜€οΈ

The next season of classes will be timed a bit differently. Many of you prefer a shorter break in January and some want to continue classes in June. So I have decided to create a new schedule. We will continue with 6 week classes but instead of having a long January break I will divide each 6 week session with a two week break between sessions. Classes will run from the end of September until the end of June. See “Classes” for the new schedule πŸ™‚

The Saturday classes will be held outside as weather allows. The Fall and Spring sessions can bring lots of opportunities for painting the changing seasons :O) As winter sets in we will take the class inside for botanical art 🌱

Class sizes are limited to 6 people. Please sign up early so your are sure to secure a place in the class of your choice.

Painting done while teaching plein air this summer
Back Meadow, Muscoot Farm oil on paper

Art, art, art and chickens πŸ“

The first week of classes have begun….botanical art in the classroom, journals and watercolors out in the summer sun and plein air painting down by the steam at Ward Pound Ridge Reserve πŸ™‚

Looking forward to journaling chickens πŸ“ at Betsy’s house this Thursday! Plein air class will return to Ward Pound Ridge early Saturday morning to continue painting the lovely stream πŸ™‚

Looking forward to lots of painting this summer taking my paints out to all our lovely surrounding open land spaces πŸ™‚

North Salem Open Lands https://www.nsolf.org

June classes starting soon :O)

Looking forward to seeing everyone after our short break. Classes begin the first week of June, see the “Classes” section for details.

June 5th Studio Class will be from 12:30-3:30 – Bring a subject that inspires you πŸ™‚ Summer is here and gardens are blooming! Class is closed.

Our first Nature Journaling class will be at the Whispering Pine Garden Center, Route 6, Mahopac. It is a beautiful place with unlimited things to draw and paint πŸ™‚ See you on June 6th at 10am πŸ™‚ Bring lunch! See link below for directions. Please let me know if you will be attending via email lauragould@mac.com

Plein Air Painting will begin the first Saturday of June from 10-1. Bring your oils, watercolors, pen and ink…all welcome πŸ™‚ Let me know if you will be attending lauragould@mac.com

https://whisperingpinegardencenter.com

When new things happen…..

This summer I have been trying to challenge myself each time I step in front of my easel, either in my studio or outdoors. Β One very extraordinary Β moment was when I went to a moonlight painting event at Weir Farm guided by Dmitri Wright. Β I went in with no expectations but looking for a new opportunity.

What I am doing this summer is to step out of my comfort zone, to be willing to make a mess, to make mistakes, to return home with nothing worth keeping but great lessons learned from each painting. Β With each failure I learn what not to do the next time…failure is a great teacher…it is where we grow πŸ™‚

My first moonlight painting makes me extremely happy…it pushed me into deep colors and to paint faster than ever as night set in and colors began to distort…form and light became magical.

Nocturn paintings have a long tradition in plein air and with the impressionists…one we all know very well is “Starry Night” by Van Gogh. Enjoy this great article from Plein Air Magazine on night paintingΒ http://www.outdoorpainter.com/is-plein-air-in-moonlight-possible/

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My first moonlight painting Β© laura gould