Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fresh Wind and Morning Market

 Diane Mannion, Fresh Wind, Snippet #27, 2.5 x3.5" oil on linen, studio

Diane Mannion, Morning Market, Snippet #26, 2.5x3.5" oil on linen, plein air

A Couple of Snippets

Fresh Wind started while teaching a class about the benefits of painting small once in a while.  These small studies are similar to thumbnail sketches, done with paint instead of pencil or marker.   Great way to experiment without a lot of time or materials invested.  They are painted with left over paint from other projects, and scraps of Claessen's double oil primed portrait linen (too pricey to waste!).  

Once dry, I mount them to boards.  A project for next week's class that I plan to photograph and promise to post.  Stay tuned.

Morning Market was painted this morning at the Englewood Farmer's Market while sitting next to Jacobina Trump... fabulous artist, check out her work.   We found a spot in the shade and had a great time capturing the feeling of the place while chatting with tourists and other folks.

It helps to change subjects, medium, working sizes, and brushes to keep yourself challenged.  I often tell my class... if you can control a tiny space like this... it sharpens your skill for larger works.  

These are the ATC Artists Trading Card standard size, 2.5x3.5"sometimes called ACEO... Artist Card Edition or Original.   There's a world of collectors out there for these.  I've sold them all over the States, Europe, and even Russia.  I've sold enough scraps to buy another roll of Claessen's linen and a few more tubes of paint!
Paint Away!

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