We held the last of GALA’s four plein air outings on Saturday, this time in an urban setting in Gardner. We had a lot of fun and attracted some attention, getting a front page photo in the Gardner News of one of our artists. I decided to try sketching the iconic Heywood-Wakefield Building. It presented quite a challenge due to the unique perspective of its triangular shape (which I took head-on) and the rising line of the adjacent streets. I couldn’t quite figure it out in the short time we were there, and I’m not thrilled with the finished sketch, but I will use it and the photos I took to try to create a better version in the studio.
The previous month our group convened in my backyard to draw inspiration from our gardens. I started this oil painting of a clump of Gazanias and then finished it in the studio (I owe a special thanks to Anne from the Perennial Patch in Winchendon who gave me a bunch of flowering plants, including these Gazanias, to fill in the gaps in my garden). I enjoyed getting together with other artists for these plein air outings and look forward to getting back together again next summer. If you like this painting I am donating it to the GALA raffle at the Nov. 9 Artists’ Market, so come down and bid on it.