Art, art, art and chickens 🐓

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 🙂

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

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

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 🙂 Summer is … Continue reading

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.  One very extraordinary  moment was when I went to a moonlight painting event at Weir Farm guided by Dmitri Wright.  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.  With each failure I learn what not to do the next time…failure is a great teacher…it is where we grow 🙂

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 painting http://www.outdoorpainter.com/is-plein-air-in-moonlight-possible/

IMG_6341

My first moonlight painting © laura gould