Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Group of Seven

I realized it has been quite awhile since my last blog post.  Once again I found myself kind of in an art block.  I decided to do some studying, a friend recommended I check out a Canadian group of artists from the early part of this century called the Group of Seven.  I was thrilled to have discovered their artwork, especially Tom Thomson.  I wound up ordering a number of books from Amazon about the group.  If you have time check them out online at:
http://cybermuse.gallery.ca/cybermuse/search/artist_work_e.jsp?iartistid=5427 or

http://www.tomthomson.org/profile_gallery.php?pageNum_rscollection=0&totalRows_rscollection=69&ArtistID=1
 I have done some small paintings for a show I am doing in August called Festival of Art in the Forest.  I will take a few pictures and if they look alright will post them next.

I live in an incredibly beautiful state and feel I should learn to do more Plein Air painting, but just can't seem to get a handle on it when outdoors.  So, along with a dear friend Wendy Dehart, http://wendydehart.com/, I have signed up for an oil painting Plein Air workshop in July with Richard McKinley :  http://www.mckinleystudio.com/ in LaConner Washington.  Hopefully I can sort out my hangups and learn to edit what I see outdoors.  I feel so overwhelmed with the landscape and can't seem to narrow down what I should focus on when out there.  Any suggestions would help!
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