Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Across The Valley -Frayssinet", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Across The Valley-Frayssinet", 9x12" plein air oil on multimedia artboard

On my recent France workshop with the wonderful Dreama Tolle Perry, we spent a lot of days touring tiny medevil villages getting reference material to use in the studio. However, on our first day to stay home at Le Vieux Couvent, a bunch of us went out in search of a wonderful place to paint en plein air. We came across this view and it was unanimous -we HAD to paint this! I was able to use Dreama's technique of a wet underpainting, and found it went surprisingly well.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

"French Countryside" plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"French Countryside", 12 x 12" plein air oil
$575 beautifully framed

After Dreama's workshop was finished, Brenda Pinnick and I rented a car and headed out west of Toulouse for a plein air adventure. It wasn't very long until we came upon this spot and had to stop to paint! The light is wonderful in France and I was just hoping to capture it and the wonderful colour of these fields. When we were finished and wondering our paintings were truly done, Brenda challenged me with "What is the most outrageous thing you could do?" I threw in the screaming yellow green in the mid ground, and she was right -it was just what the painting needed. I will have to remember that one :)


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Posies" oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Posies", 7 x7" oil on Arches oil paper, mounted on board
$100 unframed

I did this sweet little painting from a bouquet that Barbara (one of my fellow Dreama workshop students) set up in the studio. Itwas one of those rare paintings that just come together without a lot of fuss, thereby keeping it clean and not overworked. Wish they were all like that!


Friday, July 11, 2014

"Waiting for Dinner", oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Waiting For Dinner", 12 x 12" oil on gesso end Arches oil paper
$300 unframed 

I painted this from a photo in the studio at Le Vieux Couvent in France. I must say right now that I am not very good at painting from photos, but much prefer to paint from life. But I figure that living where I do, I had better figure it out! I have SO many fabulous photos that I have never painted from, because of this hindrance. That is one of the reasons I decided to come to France with Dreama. She works exclusively from photos, except for her watercolour journaling, which is done from life. I was hoping to pick up a few tricks, but I have concluded that, as in everything, practice makes perfect ( or at least as close as I can get to it!) I really struggled with the colour balance in the making of this painting, but after many changes and iterations, I think I can call it finished. I really should try it again from scratch you know....