I decided to give the virtual paintout a shot. The location for this month is Lido di Jeloso. I wasn't so sure going into the process. Now that I've done it I think it is a great idea to use Google Earth for a virtual "plein air" experience. I had to "walk around" and look for a scene that I liked. Then I had to use some creativity to move things around to get a composition that I liked. Anyway, a huge shout out to Bill Guffey for running this event.
For the last week of the Tom Brown plein air class we painted at North Lake in Woodbridge Irvine. This is a great location, as were all the locations for the class. Tom Brown did a quick painting then sent us off to do our own painting. I wanted to create an area of focus by using tonal contrast and hard edges. I like the way the gazebo came out. Still don't like my trees. The picture at the bottom is of my classmates hard at work. I really enjoyed this class.
We painted at the Quail Hill Preserve. We had some great weather. I tried to capture the fire house but they took off in the fire truck before I was done. All I had was a red rectangle for the fire truck so I just threw some highlights on it and left it. In the second painting I tried using greens made from lamp black. The dark came out good but I really struggled with the highlights. The people in the class were great and I had lots of fun.