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March 31, 2012

Painting Away from the Daily Grind - Part 3

In January and February I posted several videos of artists painting outdoors ("away from the daily grind"):
Painting Away from the Daily Grind - Part 1
Painting Away from the Daily Grind - Part 2

In this post there are five more videos of artists painting outdoors, including an artist who sketches in Seattle, Washington, another artist painting in Florida (there's a video on a Florida artist in the first of these posts), another artist in Australia (there was also an Australian artist in the first post), an artist on the streets of New York City, and one in Silver Creek, Idaho. There will be more posts with videos of artists working outdoors soon.
I hope you enjoy going outside with them.
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BELOW - AN ARTIST IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

SEATTLE SKETCHER
2 minutes, 47 seconds


Gabriel Campanario is a journalist and illustrator at the Seattle Times. A native of Spain, he has been in Seattle just a few years. He feels he is getting to know the city better by sketching it, as he doesn't even notice some things until he's assigned a subject he may have passed many times but hasn't really "seen." And he's doing the same for others, showing them what they may have not seen or known about even if they are natives of the city. He really likes the idea of being able to share his discoveries through his sketches. He also gets to meet a lot of people while out on the streets.

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BELOW - AN ARTIST PAINTING IN SILVER CREEK, IDAHO

PLEIN AIR PAINTING DEMONSTRATION - GREGG RUSSELL
3 minutes, 24 seconds


Nice music, at least to my taste. No voice. The entire time the camera is on the artist's shoulder and arm and hand and on his canvas, along with the actual scene he's painting in the background. The video is either speeded-up or else he's very fast. :-) We can see just how he approaches his painting, and what he's looking at as he does so. He ends up with a very nice painting, but for me, at least, it's enough of an inspiration just to hear the music.
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BELOW - ANOTHER ARTIST PAINTING IN FLORIDA

PLEIN AIR PAINTING DEMO BY PETER PETTEGREW ("In the Florida wilderness")
6 minutes, 49 seconds


At the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Florida, the artist stops his car to capture the look of a sunrise from the back of his car, then goes on to find just the right scene to paint (using his sunrise sketch as the background). He says that the trick to painting on-site is to get the things that are changing (the sky, usually), and give them top priority. He also says that painting is the best way to describe not only a place but the time of day or an experience.

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BELOW - AN ARTIST IN AUSTRALIA

SUMMER LIGHT IN WATERCOLOUR: ROSS PATERSON
2 minutes, 32 seconds


Is Australia really as unpopulated and pleasant and rural as it looks in the videos I've seen of Australian artists painting outdoors? Or is what we see in the videos just a small part of it! It makes me wish I lived there. Though I'm not sure I'd like to be outside with all those flies.
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BELOW

ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK (SKETCHING IN NEW YORK CITY)
2 minutes, 11 seconds


This one makes me think of the Seattle Sketcher (first video, above). I love hearing the sounds of the city as well as seeing what this artist is seeing and capturing. It really looks like an enjoyable way to spend a day away from the daily grind.

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There will be some really interesting videos coming up in the next part of this series of artists painting outdoors "away from the dialy grind." Also, if you haven't seen the earlier posts, here are links:
Painting Away from the Daily Grind - Part 1
Painting Away from the Daily Grind - Part 2

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