Sunday, August 21, 2011

Napa Valley Art Festival Demonstration

Brent Jensen during art demonstration at the Napa Valley Art Festival. A great group assembled and had wonderful questions throughout the demonstration.

I painted this Fairfield scene of sunflowers and beehives. Choosing the correct scene for a demonstration is a balance between what can be achieved during the time allotted and what will hold interest.  The one red beehive box was perfect although I explained the placement would be enhanced if it were in moved from where it was in the photo. Artistic license is often underutilized and can make a large impact in a painting. I will finish the painting later this week so look on the Fresh Paint page of my website if you are interested in seeing the final product.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Well, I'm happy with my 24 x 30 plein air painting, Dismantling The Lincoln. After my last blog entry, I continued to work on it at the dry dock on Mare Island. Hope you like the finished piece.

However, while I was still working on it, I returned and found they had taken off the front of the ship as you can see from the photo. It's a good thing I always take a photo of my scenes when I begin a painting.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mare Island

I've lived on Mare Island for three years and painted scenes on occasion. However, over the past weeks, I've explored the Industrial area where they are dismantling decommissioned ships.  I also am painting the largest plein air piece I've attempted, a 24 x 30, down by the docks. It has taken a few trips and I'm only half way through. It's a great experience. Here on Mare Island, we have the industrial docks, a marina, golf course, church, and historic buildings.
 Sunday afternoon was my second trip to this scene. First experience plein air painting a 24 x 30.
 This 5 x 8 scene is within walking distance of my home at the dry docks.
Mare Island Bow, a 6 x 8, was a blast to paint one afternoon. I'm feeling blessed to live on an island with so many compositions to paint.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011