A little out of order, but I had my plein air painting class today. We were back out at "Cobble Hill" in Staunton, VA. A 179 acre farm in the city limits! It was over-cast, and rainy a good portion of the day. But that made for a fine day for me. I painted, along with another student, under this over-hang. As you may see, I decided to re-paint the lanterns, only in a larger scale, 32"x40". I didn't finish it yet, but got a good start on it.
Ron, our instructor, had suggested that I tone the whole canvas, draw in the shapes, then scratch back to the canvas where the lightest point in the lanterns was. Then I put white gessoe on that to help it sparkle. So far they look like balloons, but I think I can pull off the glow. I am just going to wait and work on it next week, and let the painting dry somewhat to help me pick up the brights, and the very darks. Fun stuff!!