Monday, April 12, 2010

Thinking About Painting On Copper

  
Yesterday was a day of learning for me..and a day of a bit of enlightenment. A fellow artist and a very interesting lady, Renee Lammers came to our farm to paint our fields, barn and horses.....and tucked into her plein air bag of tricks were not only her oils, brushes, sun umbrella, and wet painting carrier box, but also panels of copper. Yes, copper metal...Renee paints with oil on copper plates and does wonderful plein air works that need looking at! Like a impressionist Mary Poppins, she dropped her bag on our back deck,set up her pochade and panel and went to work. She says she loves having someone watch her paint...so that is just what I did. We talked, she painted and I learned. The afternoon flew by quickly, even though she was interrupted several times by a certain JRT who wanted her [or any one's] attention.

I have been wanting to try plein air painting, as I usually work exclusively in my studio space....and it was great to see Renee in action, see her set up and talk with her about why she chooses to stick with plein air work. Renee travels all over Maine and beyond to paint.
She is a great teacher, easy to talk to and she explains her why and wherefores so well. Even I could understand, and must admit I am taken with the idea of stepping out of my 'comfort zone' more and go plein air ...even if only for a change. You know to wake up the old brain cells!!

So if you want to see what Renee painted... go to her blog and see her work...and her take on our day! I know Renee and I will be painting together in the future....and I want to learn more about her 'bag of tricks!!


Tell her I sent you!! ;-)

8 comments:

Susan Renee Lammers said...

How fun! Thank you for blogging about me plein aire painting! So much fun this has been.

Kimberly Santini said...

wish we could pack up and paint together.... ;)

Valerie Kamikubo said...

Susan's paintings are lovely. I'm going to show my ignorance though and ask, what are the advantages of painting on copper? Can one paint on zinc or other metals? How does the paint react with the metal? I am fascinated!

Kpeters said...

I had a good time...and so nice to talk to a fellow artist about technique!
Valerie..I am just learning about this. I suggest that you go to Renee's website and read her explanation about the methods she uses and I am sure she would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have. It is a method I want to play around with!
kp

Karen Bowden said...

If Renee's still there tell her I said hello! This is Karen Bowden from Central Florida Plein Air Artists. Renee painted out with us on copper at Wekiva State Park. She sold the painting she was working on before it was even done!

Kpeters said...

Renee isn't here ..she is a neighbor of sorts...from up the road a piece!
but I will tell here when I see her!

Anonymous said...

I hope we get to paint again Kathi! This time with you painting plein air on copper! I will come to your garden to paint with you if you might like!

Kpeters said...

Hi Anonymous!
I am as busy as a one handed wallpaper hanger! This month is busy with company coming and house painting in between.....so I am just grabbing studio time when I can.sigh..........
kp