Saturday, September 20, 2014

Do You Ever Do Something Just For Yourself?

Have you ever done something just for yourself? Recently I went to the Rocky Mountains to plein air paint for 5 days. Wow, the whole experience was enriching, from:
  • meeting a very generous couple who hosted us,
  • meeting the farm couple who invited us to their ranch to paint,
  • witnessing the changing autumn colours throughout the week,
  • being in the company of dedicated plein air painter friends,
  • to experiencing the vast views of the foothill area of the Rocky Mountains.
This will be a week to remember for life. If you can organize something like this for yourself, I would highly recommend it.

One of several watercolour paintings that were 90 percent completed on location

The view that was my inspiration

Thread & Fabric. A textile person couldn't resist that sign! Although I didn't have time to paint this on location, I still might paint it.


Blue and yellow, big sky prairie sunrise.


Yes, this is a REAL photo. Those wind-tortured tree trunks made intricate patterns. I did two paintings at this location which will need some details added in the studio before showing you.
Textile Art: Can't wait to paint this image on textile with dyes. Can you imagine it?

Check later for the rest of the paintings from the trip or you can follow my Eileen Gidman, Watercolour and Textile Artist, Facebook page by going here and clicking on 'follow'. If you prefer email notification of new posts, enter your email on the upper left near the top of this blog. Thanks for stopping by.

2 comments:

Win Dinn said...

What an idyllic week, Eileen - and the painting results certainly bear it out!

Mellowood Gallery said...

I am not fond of painting outside - I have too much trouble reducing what I see to something I can paint but you did a great job on that first piece. It sounds like you had a great time and I look forward to seeing your posts of completed paintings.