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Another fun day at Mondos Beach.
I have mentioned many times before that I take a regular weekly class from artist, David Gallup. I always enjoy the critiques, the many challenges he throws our way, his demos and his advice. I started studying with him years ago during a weekly plein air class which I loved. However, because of conflicts with my schedule and several changes in his schedule, I moved to his Master class.
One of the other students in the class, Julie, always brings in the most interesting questions complete with photos and research. Because David had started doing his plein air class at Mondos, I learned about the surfing classes for Tyler. David's emphasis at Mondos had been to challenge us all to add figures to our work. This is not an easy thing to do en plein air when people are moving all over -- the interesting ones are always moving. After several questions from Julie and an ensuing class discussion, it becomes clear that the key element is composition. Finding a pattern of light and dark that attracts you. Manipulating the scene, -- the placement -- the values and the color to create a pleasing story.
After my first attempt, I wanted to go back and try it again. Tyler, however, was off at camp. But I decided to go anyway and join the group. It was a gorgeous day... bright and sunny and lovely. I'm glad I went. We all had a nice time painting. Mondos is just past Ventura and so after I packed up, I drove up to Santa Barbara to visit with my daughter and her family. -- A perfect day, I think!
The plein air sketch had some good bones, but as I said, everyone moved, so after I got home, I used the photo reference to clean up and jazz it up a bit. (I was initially drawn to the light on the back of the girl's leg and the way it pointed at the light on the forearm of the little girl sitting in the water. I hadn't even remembered the red of her wet suit or the way the turquoise in the other wet suit blended into the water. Then when I looked at it at home, I realized that the foam had formed a bit of a heart around the children... I hadn't consciously noticed that, but I liked it so I kept it.)
Hope you like my little plein air piece,