Eve Ingraham: In Studio and Plein Air

“Tree Tunnel” by Eve Ingraham

 Eve Ingraham

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. 

Sketch

 

Final Painting

 

Sketch

 

Final Painting

 

Sketch

 

Final 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.