8.29.2017

boulder clouds


cloud studies on my trip to Colorado
 
Mountains aren't something we see in the Midwest. And they're not something I've ever painted. 
 
I wish I could've painted them from life.  That's the only way to really learn a subject.  But I didn't want to let my brushes dry out on my trip so I made these attempts from an iPhone pic I took while in the car.  The top painting I did alongside my grandson.  I actually like his better - with the bright yellow clouds and black mountain tops.  The bottom one I did in the car - a challenge with the cramped quarters, constant jiggling and changing light on the painting as we made turns.
 
Today I'll be painting my 47th out of my 100-Reboot - my first attempt at biking my gear into a site.  That's what a reboot is all about - breaking new ground and old.  



11 comments:

D Gilbert said...

Wow! Colorado BLUE blue sky!

Mary Klein said...

wow indeed :)

Mary Klein said...

Here are some more clouds you may like: Georgia O'Keeffe's Above the Clouds

D Gilbert said...

Your clouds are better.

D Gilbert said...

Have you looked into the Crested Butte Gunnison Art Festival in August, nice show.

Mary Klein said...

I just looked it up: Crested Butte Gunnison Art Festival

Adam Freed's work stood out. It looks like he uses a black ground which ties his pieces nicely together. I checked out his website and he does onsite wedding paintings. That looks like a great angle too.

Have you been to the Crested Butte Art Festival? I don't go to art fairs often but I remember fondly the Art Fair on the Square.

D. Thompson did my portrait in pastel when I was 6 or so. My mother found her at that fair. I still have the portrait and look to Ms. Thompson as my inspiration - as someone, a woman, who put the idea in my head that I could be an artist. It was quite an experience to sit for a pastel portrait at such a young age.

D Gilbert said...

My Aunt Iris showed her watercolors on the Square, I was always amazed at what you painters could create so well .
...lived in Denver for a while in a prior permutation, and enjoyed the art festivals.
...and amazed when I found you to be an Artist, how what when where?
...I hope I am not bothering you but it interests me.

Mary Klein said...

No bother.

How - some talent plus a lot of hard work, I guess.
What - finger paint then acrylic then gouache then watercolors then oils for a long time then casein - most always representational - mostly landscapes and still lifes with some figures and portraits mixed in for good measure
When - It's always been a part of me - when I turned 40 though I made a big push to be a working artist
Where - formal training: high school art classes, University of Minnesota life drawing class in the late 70's, Lake County Community College (Grays Lake, Illinois) in the 90's and the Minnesota River School of Fine Arts (an atelier-type school)in the 00's

Thanks for asking - these are all good questions and I don't address them as much as I should.

It's cool that your Aunt Iris showed at the Square :)

D Gilbert said...

If you all get the chance, I recommend a road trip to Gunnison, and breakfast/lunch at the W Cafe. The landscape is interesting. Common beauty. Cool thrift shops too.
...your color accuracy/appreciation is the reason I hate wearing sunglasses, they mute hughs and tones. Believe it or not I was an aspiring photographer at one time, but that was seared from my brain somehow long ago.
...picking up a half dozen donuts at the Fosdal Bakery in Stoughton Wisconsin for people who eat this stuff?
..you are quite the accomplished Artist.

Mary Klein said...

Thanks, David - I'm really glad you like my paintings.

I'll definitely make a note of W Café, the Crest Butte Gunnison Art Festival and thrift shops for future reference/trips.

Seared from your brain? If you say so.

D Gilbert said...

Seared, not burned, and a grateful thanks?. My vote for your work is to go to a bigger canvas.