Paint Out Notes, BIG Paint out, Memorial Day 5/27/19

Our Host, Don Bishop is the "originator" of the BIG paint out. We've had about 3 or 4 previous BIG paint outs..they usually fall on a holiday and many artists take on the challenge to go BIG (though, it is not a requirement). Don encourages painters to try a bigger-than-usual canvas and if you dare, to go a little abstract too! We painted until noon and then took a walking tour of all the work done to that point. Each person said something about their experience of the day and everyone was applauded (sometimes twice). In the end Don gave us a talk about the rewards of keying off an idea instead of specific objects.  "Try it, he said, and when you go back to painting in your usual way you may find it gives you a new perspective".

Dick E: I am painting in acrylic today and I will be adding calligraphic strokes next.
Applause!

Brenda:  I just started!
Applause!

Stephanie: I wanted to paint fast and loose and Tedd said I needed to put in this red cow! (Laughter)!
Applause!

Tedd: I have been painting with palette knife for 6 months. You have to paint from the top down (never the opposite)!
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Vicki: I am trying for a wide variety of greens!
Applause!

Regina: I am stretching with this--my objective is "not so green". I'm fairly pleased with the composition.
Applause!

Kathy Towne (new) I don't know what I am doing! 
Applause, Applause!

Chris: My objective is to not get too detailed!
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Michael Musto (new) This is just the third time I have painted in oil plein air. I usually work in watercolor.
Applause, Applause!

Betsy Oakes (new) I wanted to go for big color areas and to not be too detailed.
Applause, Applause!

Celeste: I was here at 8 am and the sky was interesting! I painted this cow painting over an old painting. I'm remembering to color-shift colors.
Applause!

Jeanne: I have all mid tones...I'll work some more on this.
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Bev: I wanted to do an underpainting of complements...but now I'm not sure I will put paint over this, I just don't know what I'll do next!
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Gretha: I was going to do this pond in a square format...but I decided no...I'd extend it and make it longer!
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Becky: I wasn't all that happy with this for awhile, but then these cows were there and I put them in. I like it better now and the cows were quite cooperative, staying put!
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Nancy: I am attracted to the greens and I just saw an egret that I'll photograph. I'm thinking of adding the egret ....maybe!

Kat: I want to use a lot of color, but with intention!

Leiainya Guzman (new):  I usually paint in acrylic and thought I would paint with watercolor today. I did a value study first.
Applause, Applause!

Linda Steve (New) I did this...I am new to plein air!
Applause, Applause!

Lisa Wiser (new)!: I painted outdoors about 15 years ago...this is my first time back! (Laughter)!
Applause, Applause!

Andrew Sherman (new)! I decided to come out today and paint outdoors...I usually paint in the studio. I like how you have to really think on your feet. The light changes continually!
Applause, Applause!

Wendy: Finn painted this! (Finn, the dog..haha). I just wanted to keep in loose.
Applause!

Jon Wippich (new)! I came out because Don Bishop invited me to try this. This is my first time painting plein air. I paint in the studio usually. 
Applause, Applause!

Raphael: My favorite thing that happened was I was sitting here and Tim Young came up and yelled: "GOOD! BACK OFF!" (Laughter)! I am going to take his advice and leave it here.
Applause!

Robin Berry (new): I painted in Golden open acrylics today. I wanted to be loose and not be detailed.
Applause, Applause!

Jerry: This is bigger than the size I usually use. I generally paint 8x10. I'll make adjustments to the foreground.
Applause!

Sandra: It's a race! I wanted to get things in as fast as I could and I think this is close to finish. I'll add some cattle and some brambles.
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Dianne Erickson (new)! I am a figure and abstract painter. I have a studio next to Don Bishop and he invited me to try this today.
Applause, Applause!

Ken: The light changes so quickly...I decided to make a firm decision to paint something "structural" and to put my emphasis on shapes. 
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Tom K: I don't know what I am doing....and I may or may not feel that same way when I am finished! (But, I almost always like the surprise of how it winds up)! I am using 22 colors, but I counted the colors on Kat Sowa's palette and she is using more than me! (Laughter)! 
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Dave: I used open acrylics. I enjoyed painting today.
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Tim: I painted this one first (big) and this one 2nd (miniature) Laughter!
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Don: I used to paint in a very traditional way, but more and more I've become more abstract. I am more interested in ideas. For example, I am keying off these great reeds here...I saw them right away and knew that would be what my painting is about. I use lindseed oil and galkyd in the beginning and let it dry some, then I come over the top of what I've painted with more paint in a layering way. The process makes texture possible and the variety makes the painting interesting. I recommend you take a lot of liberty when you paint outdoors...go a little abstract and when you go back to your accustomed way you might have a new skill that you can add to your arsenal. 
Applause, Applause!

(thanks, again Don)

A few people didn't talk today for one reason or another, but they were here too: Za Vue, Sara Grigsby, Deb Chase and Sharon --Thanks everyone for coming and making it such a great day!

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