What do you call it when a group of plein air painters retreats to shelter due to rain? Rained out, rained in?
Whatever it is, today we painted indoors. These two artists looked through the window and captured the spring garden while I stood back at my easel and surreptitiously painted them.
It was such a misty morning, looking beyond the working artists to the scene beyond the room, the muted colors connected the foliage, mountains, and sky. Taking my cue from the landscape, I simplified and exaggerated the big shapes of the windows, chair, table, plant, and woman, and then, for contrast, included more detail for the man
This is a 12 x 12-inch mostly gouache painting.
Sarah your use of color is fabulous, the red jackets look like velvet. Love how the subtle structure of the window frame and the table hold everything together, along with the curve of the back seat of the nearest man. The restrained detail of the farthest man is superb and impactful yet not overdone. Getting “rained in” can be a good thing too!
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