And, the final oil painting. When I sat to absorb the landscape in front of me I was intrigued with the meandering tide-catching streams leading to a small grove of evergreens and then winding away into the background. It all had a soft, value-changing backdrop of hills and sets of hills more distant bleeding into the sky.
Our Coos Bay plein air group spent Tuesday, August 26 at Millicoma Wetlands. On this adventure I attached my GoPro to my GoPro head harness and did a 30 second time lapse of the event. After editing I uploaded a short version of the day to youtube.
The next time out I find I will need to tripod the camera while I paint and where it while making rounds to visit other artists.
My final painting will be posted later.
Back on track – Now, after Mingus Park we decided to visit and plain air at another Coos Bay city public park near the community college. John Topits Park winds its way around the Empire Lakes area giving ample space for joggers, dog walking, children play and fish, and nature loving. With our two Tuesday visits, I decided to study a water view and one of their many path and forest scenes.
Many of us outdoor artists reminded ourselves Topits Park as a place to return paint and take in the day of fresh breezes and active usage.
Oops – I skipped over an outing. After Sunset Bay and before Mingus Park we painted along Isthmus Slough near Greenacres. Like all the sloughs around here, they are the waterways for the tidewaters for the area. Isthmus is one of the longer reaching 3-4 miles toward Coquille along OR Highway 42.
For the substrate, I decided to be frugal and gessoed over an unsuccessful collage on canvas board – look closely and you will see textures of cloth and polymer medium impasto. The attraction for my setup spot was the weathered pilings. I was also taken by the “S” flow into the plane – I even lifted forward the back portion of the slough to complete the water flow from left to right. (see photo where back portion disappears)
Upon completion, I have been debating – do I like or not – too much texture? lack of point of interest? colors too mundane/more coastal gray tone? More greens?
With the painting I have added a pic from my setup spot. Also, a cropped pic of what I probably should have zeroed in on – always second guessing
Our next outing was plain air at Mingus Park in the heart of Coos Bay. It is well maintained and popular with diverse usage from strolling babies to joggers to children expending their energy. Years ago Coos Bay sister-citied with Choshi, Japan and there is a ‘gardens’ section of Mingus dedicated to cultural makeup of Choshi with a delightful red bridge as the main feature.
We did two Tuesdays and I was attracted to the main red bridge and later to the garden area with its smaller bridge.