VAST October 2015: Artists of the Month competition
1st Place: Jo Williams 2nd Place: Maurice Leatherbury
"Big Bend Glory" (watercolor) "Inn on the Harbor" (Mixed Media)
Title of Presentation: Working in Plein Air with Olivette Hubler
Olivette Hubler is a native of Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in fine arts. Until recently she has maintained a career as a designer/illustrator.
In 2001 Olivette purchased a travel trailer. Since then she has traveled throughout the Southwest painting landscapes en plein air - It’s become an invaluable part of her artistic journey. During her career years, Olivette continued to simultanously develop her skills as a artist. Some of her inspiration and instruction has come from artists such as Wolfgang Tritt, Michael Shane Neal, Skip Whitcomb, Ralph Oberg and Mel Stabin.
Olivette feels that it is important for an artist to paint from life and on location in order to use that knowledge when painting in the studio and from photographic research. Studio painting is valuable as it gives an artist time to refine some of the experiences that happen in the field. In addition to oil painting Olivette enjoys working in other mediums such as pastel, watercolor, charcoal and printmaking. She finds that one medium informs the other.
“While my soft ground engravings may require drawing skills developed in figure drawing, the precision it requires to pull images from memory develops similar skills that I use while painting landscapes in the studio. Watercolor, pastel and oil require different processes, but I find the exercise of using one medium adds facility in another.”
Olivette has exhibited nationally, conducter classes and seminars, participated in paint-outs and is a signature member of the Outdoor Painter’s Society. For more information visit www.olivettehubler.com
More info on her website:
Description of Presentation:
Demonstration: I will show examples and demonstrate how I paint from sketches/photos to create a studio piece. I will share what mental notes I try to make while painting in the field and then what aspects I try to keep and what changes I consider making as a studio painting. It is just not possible to paint everything on location. Keeping the same freshness and looseness that is present in my sketches is a challenge. Often something is so fleeting that as an artist I can only hope to capture the essence on location and bring back enough information to recreate what is in my mind in the studio. This has gotten easier as the years of painting on location have “soaked in”.
The following three photos show a photo of a location as it painted, the resulting 8” x 10” sketch and another 16” x 20 version I did in the studio.
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