Working on a new project and here are a few experiments
I’ve been delayed in posting these images as they happened at a busy time in the school year, but I got sick of seeing them on my desk and so I took some quick shots of them today. They are from an overnight camp experience we took all of our 9th graders on at the beginning of September at Camp Kiloqua. Each painting in the book is about 1″x3″ and took about 15-20 mins to paint. I particularly love the painting with the two red life guard chairs. I painted it in the morning as the fog was just lifting off the lake. I feel like I successfully captured the beauty of the moment with as few strokes as possible and then things just jived together.
I got to spend a couple of hours in the studio at the children’s museum today playing with the stencils I created for them. It was a super fun experience and I particularly loved how the spray bottles we were using forced interaction between the kids and their parents. It is just amazing to see something you’ve created really come to life as people interact with it.
A big part of the school I work for is our outdoor education program. Each year we take all of our 10th grade students backpacking for 5 days, typically at Mt. Rainier or in the Olympic National Park (O. N. P.). I had the pleasure of leading my first trip to the O. N. P. this year and of course my watercolors came with me. It was much colder and rainier than previous years so all of my paintings were limited to 20 min. sessions because my hands got too cold to paint much longer. That time limit did encourage me to be much more expressionistic with my paintings.
One of my favorite parts this year was getting 4 of my painting & drawing students to paint on their own trips. One the paintings below shows one of those students making a painting at our rendezvous point.