Thursday, October 6, 2011

Plein Air Painting: Potomac River Series at River Farm

20111006 Potomac River Series 26
Potomac River Series XXVI - River Farm
{approx. 5" x 7" (12.7 x 17.8 cm) – oil on gessoed paper}

Today was a beautiful day! Which meant that Ann, Naomi, and I went out to do a bit of painting, this time we met at River Farm along the Potomac River.

I am having to become a "quick draw" artist because even though I was out there for almost two hours I really only got about 45 minutes total to dedicate towards painting, my "little helper" kept needing attention.

{our setup}

For this painting I blocked in the drawing using perm. alizerin crimson, which is a great foil for all the greens that will end up being in the painting. To create a sense of atmospheric depth I laid in a deep red/purple underpainting for the background trees.

{Naomi all cozy}

{all packed up to head home}

Naomi's stroller also doubles as a pack horse, where I sling some of my plein air supplies on it, so I do not have to physically lug much around, which works out well...


Virginia Floyd said...

My goodness, look at all the stuff! LOL. Naomi looks adorable! Love the little fingers, so delicate.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Your little helper is adorable! They do require a lot of maintenance, don't they? But such joy they bring!

I love your painting, and am so impressed that you don't just throw in the towel trying to be mommy and artist. I really couldn't do both when my boys were small. My hat's off to you!

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Hi Virginia! Yep heading out with Naomi includes a lot of stuff, but it is so worth it!

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Thanks Elizabeth :) Naomi has the power to just melt my heart, and I love her being with me when I am out painting.

Sarah said...

You are doing great things for yourself and Naomi going out to paint like this. I couldn't face my studio for 6 months after my daughter was born, but it felt SO good to go back! Looks like a really fun day, thanks for sharing.

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Hi Sarah, Thanks for sharing how you took time to get back into the studio, I have days where getting into the studio is more than my brain can take and then I have other days where I am super excited to paint.

And getting outside to paint is always one of my favorite experiences and I am so happy that Naomi has been accommodating... I hope she continues to enjoy being outside!