You’ve seen my collage of the 30 paintings I did for the Warrior Painters challenge, Plein Airpril. Today here’s a closer look at my four favorites! All of these are on 8”x6” pieces of watercolor paper for easy portability. These four were all done Plein Air.
On Tuesday, April 6th I toured Colonial Williamsburg on my bicycle, looking for likely locations to paint. After pleasantly biking the length of Duke of Glouster street, thru 18th century buildings and costumed reenactors, I settled on the lovely redbuds blooming behind one of Williamsburg’s classic picket fences. I settled myself on the Palace Green, ate my sandwich, and happily sketched and painted for an hour or so. Back home that afternoon I finished the piece in my studio. I’m happy with the detail of the fence and the lovely feel of the redbuds in full bloom.
Thursday of that week, April 8th, I again took to my bicycle to cruise along Riverside Drive, next to the James River. Canada geese, cormorants, turtles and a blue heron or two kept me company. Eventually I set up to paint right on the bank of the river, looking out at one of the islands. I worked mainly with a large brush, rather quickly, and as a result the trees wound up with more texture than my typical work. For some reason this is my favorite of the 30 paintings, I think because of the luminous quality of the water. If you look closely you can see one of the geese on the point of the island!
Thursday, April 15 was very chilly, so I painted close to my car at the cache pond near our library. It was lush with lily pads and fresh green grasses along the edge. Once I got back to the studio, I highlighted the lily pads with ink. I wasn’t particularly excited about this one when it was finished, but it’s grown on me.
On Saturday of that week, I painted at the creek that flows thru our neighborhood. I’ve done this bridge a couple of times, and never tire of looking for new perspectives. It was made by one of our community woodworkers in his back yard, and then carried to the creek! It’s withstood multiple full spates of the creek and become a community favorite. I may have to do a larger piece with a similar composition.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this look at four of my Plein Airpril watercolors. If you’d like the back story on others from my collage of 30 paintings in my previous post, leave a comment!