Having a relaxing day by the pool has allowed me some time to finish a few sketches that had not gotten done while on location. This one, Colorful Pads, was the second painting from our trip to the Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park on June 25. I was just having fun painting various sized pads any color except green. Today I added the green water and some details on a few of the pads. It's nice to have a break to catch up a bit. I am still very busy in the studio preparing new work for my upcoming group show in September. That will open on September 14 at the CAC, more details to come.
Last Monday we had a lovely break from all the hot weather and luckily it was also the day scheduled for our Monday Sketch Group outing. We met at Seneca Park, which is the small park across the street from the MCA and behind the old water pumping station on Michigan Ave. Lots of shade and benches provided plenty of choices for painting. This is a detail of the two page watercolor sketch I did. I started with the dark blue tree trunks and built from there, trying to get a variety in my greens was the challenge!
Here is a section of another recent painting. I am still experimenting with processes and the combinations of processes. This section includes some pours, some use of masking fluid, brush painting and layering. Some of the effects I am getting are very interesting and suggest new directions.