Last Thursday I headed up to Red Barn Arts in Wellsboro, PA
to attend artist (and fellow Daily Painters of Pennsylvania member)
Ron Donoughe's plein air workshop. Ever since I became aware of
Ron's phenomenal paintings, I have been hoping he would offer
a workshop. So when I saw that he was conducting one
in Wellsboro, PA, I immediately signed up.
With each painting exercise we did, Ron really focused on
the foundations - the very elements that help to make a painting
(or any work of art) 'work'. It's no exaggeration to say
that I learned more from Ron about painting
fundamentals than I learned in my four years
of college pursuing my art degree.
Here are three of the five studies I did during the workshop. They
are not 'complete' paintings, but exercises to practice what
we learned from Ron. This first 10 x 8 study was done from
inside the Red Barn Arts looking out an
open window (we were having some light rain).
The second 9 x 12 study was done up at the Little Grand Canyon
This third study was done in downtown Wellsboro, and was the most
challenging - especially the shadow areas in the yellow houses.
But that's why I chose to paint this - I knew it would
be a great learning experience!
My thanks to Ron for such a fantastic workshop, and also
to Jeff and Tania at Red Barn Arts for making this all happen!
If you would like to see more of my work,
interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.
Claire Beadon Carnell