Sunday, September 06, 2015

Day 29 - Forty Paintings in Forty Days

PBS used to air a program, Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop. Dunlop, who is a very accomplished artist and passionate teacher, would travel the world to places know to have been painted by famous masters. Dunlop would present not only a history lesson but also discuss technique, science, materials, the social and economic milieu, etc. One episode in particular that I remember is Renoir's Olive Groves in Cagnes Sur Mer, France. Dunlop pointed out how Renoir would use trees to frame a focal point.

The Farm at Les Collettes, Cagnes, by August Renoir, oil on canvas
Dunlop would also be in the company of student artists who traveled with him to plein air paint the same views as best they could search them out. He would offer an encouraging critique, however, never hesitant to take the brush from their hand and have at it with their paints on their canvas. I loved it!

When I saw this scene this morning I thought of Dunlop emphasizing this technique with a student (he took her brush and created window-like draperies with the trees). My view is from the opposite direction of an earlier piece that I painted on Day 12.

Tree Canopy, 8"x10" oil on panel
Only one day to go and the meet will conclude. I'll go out tomorrow morning to paint Day 30. Then back to the booth to celebrate.

Maybe drink some vodka,

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