I ALWAYS Learn Something When I Paint with Others

acrylic painting 6x6
“Dock of the River”

Thursday was no exception. I go out painting “en plein air” or painting out doors with a group or artists on Thursdays. There are 2 dozen artists on the list and one beautiful artist coordinates a place and communicates to us via email. Those who intend to paint respond so no one ends up showing up alone.

Last week 5 were supposed to paint; only one other artist showed besides myself. But we had a guest.

A well-known and local artist, Tim Widener, was bicycling through the park and spotted Theresa, my fellow artist, and stopped. He had been painting nearby the day before, would like to come out and finish his painting, and asked if we would like to join him. He’d be glad to give us some instruction as well. Uh, yeah! He is also a well-known instructor.

His spot was on a lookout right on the river where you can see the boat dock. Seeing another artist’s color choices, brush choices and process is always interesting. Watching him work on Theresa’s pastel was cool too. I had blocked in my sky, trees and water and was going to put in the boats later. He said I needed that white line in there almost immediately to be able to relate to it. Seems I remember hearing something like that from an instructor long, long ago, and it seems I had forgotten that.

Tim working on Theresa's pastel
Tim Widener giving some suggestions to Theresa.

Thanks Tim. It was a joy painting with you.

“Dock of the River” 6x6x” acrylic on gessobord panel, unframed, available for  $50 via http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/andrea-jeris/dock-of-the-river/399857

How Far Can You Throw a Painting?

acrylic painting
Beach or Water

Pretty far it turns out when you paint on a 6×6″ hardboard panel. It’s kind of like a square Frisbee.

Clearly not every painting is a masterpiece, and there is this emotional roller coaster artists go through when painting, (this is good, what am I doing, why did I think I could paint, it’s not so bad, I’m fantastic). Sometimes you just have to wash it off and start over. Sometimes half way through you lose your inspiration or vision of what you wanted. Then what do you do?

Half way through I was going to fling this one out the window. I walked away. Went to do something else. Cleaned up for the day. Washed out my brushes. Did not look at it again until the next day.

As I walked into my studio in the morning I noticed how I liked the contrast. And the composition. The vision was back. The inspiration was back. I went back to work. It’s not a masterpiece but I am happy. And that’s what I am looking for.

“Beach or Water”, acrylic on Gessobord panel 5×7″ unframed, is available by for $50 http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/andrea-jeris/relaxing-either-way/394477