Eve Ingraham: In Studio and Plein Air
I love to paint both in the studio and en plein air. I work in different media such as watercolor, pastel, mixed media and encaustic. I also enjoy personal sketching. Looking at a landscape and deciding which media would best display its beauty is a special thrill for me.
Adding a photograph helps me in my design. I spend time trying out different compositions as I take various pictures. It’s easy to delete what you don’t like. In the editing process, I can also look at different color ways to change the mood of the painting.
However, I have found that sketching a scene or people in real life informs me the most for much of what I create in the studio. I can remember the feeling in the air, the smell of the grass as I lay down my lines in my sketchbook. Also, there is a freedom in sketching as I know that I’m doing it just for me. I especially enjoy sketching while traveling. I can quickly get a sense of place in my travel sketchbooks that often transfers to a great studio painting and even better I have a memory journal of time and place that will always be with me.
Here are a few examples of sketches to studio work painting.
Eve has studied art at the University of Washington, Frye Art through Seattle Pacific University, and Pratt Art. Eve is a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society , the Northwest Pastel Society and Seattle Co-Arts.