Wednesday, November 21, 2007


6x8 original oil
During our plein air workshop last weekend (see previous blogs) this rusty truck caught my eye. It was sitting on blocks at the edge of an orchard, looking very abandoned. It became my final painting of the day as the sun was setting. Dori Dewberry, an artist in the workshop, shot a photo of the actual scene as I worked. (Thanks Dori!). I'm including Dori's photo for comparison.

I call the painting "Retired." And after completing that painting, I retired for the day as well.

Monday morning I went back for a last look at the locations where we all painted, then hit the road around mid morning. I got lucky driving. There was very little traffic and I was home in time to get in a good workout before lunch.

We had a very busy weekend and there was probably too much input for everyone to completely absorb. But I feel there are great advantages to "total immersion" like this weekend-long workshop. That kind of format allows us to cover a wide variety of concepts and techniques in a concentrated period of time. And that can lead to a quantum leap in one's thinking and approach to painting.

Thanks to everyone who attended and made this workshop so lively and enjoyable.

Reminder: Keep watching every day for the announcement of this month’s FREE ART GIVEAWAY. When I post the free painting you must email me within 48 hours for a chance to win.

By the way, if you would like to have me create a special painting for a Christmas gift to that special person in your life please email me and we can work out the details.

Today’s thought to smile about:
Discovering a rusted truck at the edge of a field

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Blogger VanDerHoekArt said...

Oh, I am so sorry I missed the workshop! My life has been really hectic lately. Anyway, these paintings are terrific Tom!

7:53 PM  
Blogger Kim Weber said...

Tom, Love your old truck! Wishing you and Kay a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Kim Weber

8:49 PM  

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