My latest composition watercolor painting
I prefer going out to paint en plein air but in Oregon there are days in the Winter and Early Spring that just do not work well with watercolor painting or with sketching. On such days (sometimes a week at a time) it is just very necessary to stay indoors! Complaining and grumbling does not help. On these days I read, watch television movies and art instruction CD's (such as Richard McKinley's great workshop on painting in pastel) or spend hours in my studio working on composition paintings. I have spent the past two weeks working on a composition painting. I began a new Drawing and Sketching class on March 10th. Only two students this time too but they are great! both are highly motivated and ready to learn whatever I can teach them. It is so much fun to have eager learners! I have to work to keep ahead of them. It is amazing how much you can learn when you have students with so much potential! I am getting spoiled because the previous two students I had in the January/February class were also great!