For August, the plein air group thought we’d dodge some of the heat by meeting to paint on my patio. We set up and worked on a garden-themed still life over three weeks. Each person brought some garden items, making for maybe 18 objects on a table. I wish I could post everyone’s effort, because we all chose different things to include or leave out.
On the first day I started to do a horizontal 9×12 that had more objects in it, but by the end of Day 1 I thought it was way too literal and really pretty dull. I rethought it between week 1 and 2 and decided the story was about the frogs, so I started over and made a new block-in in a (12×12) square format. I edited out a bunch of stuff and changed the scale of some of the things a bit.
I like it a lot better, but still have qualms. The spacing doesn’t sit right with me, but that didn’t seem to bother Carol when I asked her. Carol brought the green wooden frog, and I contributed the orange ceramic one. It was my grandma’s, and she kept this one in a little garden wheelbarrow outside her bedroom window. I remember a lot of croaking at night in her little town, and seeing a lot of little flat frogs on the roads.
The pot in the back with the succulents was planted and given to me by my sister. In all I think I have about 7-8 hours in this, and that is a lot quicker than I might have done anything like it before.