Saturday, June 18, 2011
Third Painting Session, July 17th
Setup for today, with Christine painting the water around where her manatee will be.
On this, our third painting session, Dawn is away so it's just Christine and myself painting for today.
At 9:00 we carried three of the panels from their storage areas to work on them against the mirrored walls of the Florida Room in the Community Center.
Today there was a large group of children playing Bingo in the next room, Christine and I enjoyed hearing their laughter and all of the other sounds of kids having fun ... much better than music to our ears. So we invited them to file through and take a peek. We really enjoyed the questions and enthusiasm, and appeciated hearing from the children how much they love to paint and draw. If only adults knew how important art is to children they would surely not cut creative programs which has historically been the case. Children from every walk of life benefit from this form of expression, and it serves as an outlet for the children, and a mirror into the way they perceive the world around them. Pity that the schools have such little funding art-wise--in our day art was an important part of our school life.
Christine mixes several colors to get that brilliant under-water look. A manatee will soon be peeking out, along with other creatures from the Indian River Lagoon.
Here I am at the canvas, putting in a light wash of greenery and getting some hilights on the waterways. On Monday I will work more on the perspective of my sketch, with a foreshortening-type of technique.
We packed up at about 4:00 o'clock, long day but lots of fun. Next painting session is Monday June 20th, so stay tuned!