Shorebird Marsh, Corte Madera, Oil painting, 9x12"

Shorebird Marsh, Corte Madera, Oil painting, 9x12"

A few weeks ago my plein air group met on a blistering hot day at a little shadeless park alongside a marsh that was right next to the noisy highway and a block from an upscale shopping center (Village Shopping Center in Corte Madera). Some watercolorists in the group set up at the shopping center but were kicked out for taking up outdoor tables meant for food court customers.

Reference photo

Reference photo

I was tempted to leave. The scene didn’t appeal to me, I was tired, it was hot, there was no shade or other facilities and the noise of the traffic was terrible. But I decided to give it a shot, and of course, as I started drawing I got more enthusiastic (“such cute hills” I said to myself, and listening to music with headphones helped block out the highway noise.

Initial sketch on panel

Initial sketch on panel

I stopped taking photos after the one below because I was trying to finish quickly as the temperature kept climbing. I nearly completed the painting on site before I started  feeling like I was getting sunstroke and had to pack up and head home, without even waiting for the critique.

Starting to block in color

Starting to block in color

I worked from the reference photo a bit in the studio but then just started addressing the painting’s needs instead of what was in the photo. I tried not to mess with the hills and trees that I’d painted on site because I liked the way they were loosely painted in.

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  1. This painting was worked to bring out the natural beauty of your subject. You have scceeded with that

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  2. A lovely painting Jana…not a trace of noise or business. I love those hills too, especially that one in the foreground!
    Ronell

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  3. The movement of the water is very, very good.

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  4. You obtained a lovely result – I like the sweep of shapes and colours. ZIt i s so cold here now – really wintry and there’s snow on the mountains an hour away. Also I like the small sketches of your journey in the post above. Nature is so amazing with the variety of shapes and detals. It’s like being a tourist and being bright-eyed and bushytailed even in your own hometown and nearby.
    w.

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  5. I really like the way you did this one. Your use of warm & cool colors really allows the eye to take in the entire scene. Lovely!

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