Adam Houston

American Impressionist Oil Painter

Painting by the Sea

This is another scene from the first day of our workshop. We painted all day on Jekyll and after finishing No. 231 I decided to try one more. This was a nice idea but I was running out of gas and did not have the patience to give it the attention it deserved.

St. Andrews Beach

This past April I attended my first ever painting workshop. The workshop was taught by Laurel Daniel and Mary Anderson of the Anderson Gallery in St. Simons put it all together. The title/concept of the workshop was “From Marsh to Seaside – En Plein Air” so we travelled all over St. Simons / Jekyll / Sea Island and painted outside for three days.
The whole event was an unbelievably fun and involved an intense amount of learning. I’d never had a class on oil painting so this was the first time I’ve had someone work with me. It was also the first time I’ve ever painted outside with a group. So lots of firsts!
This painting was the first one out of the workshop. The ocean was on my left but for some reason this was the view that caught my eye. I was set-up on in an open spot of sand among waist high sea grasses. It was incredibly bright that day and being somewhat new to Plein Air painting, I did not bring (or own) an umbrella. Laurel was kind enough to let me borrow hers so I could last a little longer in the Georgia sun.

Barnsley Tree VIII

This is the last of the Barnsley trees. I can’t say I necessarily got what I wanted out of doing it eight times but it was a learning experience. It’s funny because this was painted back in January and last month we visited Barnsley again and I got to see the tree in person. It’s so odd after you’ve painted something so many times to go back to the spot. It’s like being inside the painting. Got some new stuff ready for next week.

Barnsley Tree VII

I took what I learned with 228 and rolled it into this one. It’s the same basic approach but I’ve just softened and made the shadow “shapes” more painterly. It felt great to be able to understand the structure enough to paint it and enjoy the process.