Finished!

IMG_1810.JPGI worked out some final details on this big plein air piece.  When I started it I wondered if the scale of the project was too ambitious, but I allowed it to develop over time and  I didn’t feel a rush to complete the whole piece right away.  I enjoyed the process of being outside and painting what I observed in nature.  And it was fun to say hi to so many people passing by.  My favorite was catching the shadows on the foothills before they slipped away with the movement of the sun.

24X48″ oil on canvas

New Biggish Piece

This new painting is 24X48″.  I bought the canvas the other day and then used a white modeling paste to both smooth out the canvas bumps, which I don’t care for, and give the painting texture in some places.  Then I used red, pink, and orange acrylic paint for the underpainting.  You will see in my pics that I took my big ol painting and my aluminum easel on location and did a sketch On paper and then used charcoal to sketch my image onto the canvas.  Then I sprayed it with a fixative.IMG_1732IMG_1741IMG_1739IMG_1740IMG_1738IMG_1729This last painting is the finished plein air tree painting that I did the other day.  I was a study for this bigger one I’m doing.

 

A Good Start

IMG_1708.JPGI’ve decided that I need to slow down a little with my plein air paintings.  I feel so rushed to produce a whole painting start to finish in one session, it’s a little overwhelming and I think my paintings look rushed.  So I’m going to try to go back to the same location several times and allow the painting to progress more slowly, and try to develop some of the elements more.  Here’s the start for today’s painting.  I feel like this approach will take the pressure off some.

And I’m trying out a red underpainting.

I run by this tree every time I run down to the greenbelt. 🏃🏃🏃🏃

Hulen Meadow

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I put a tiny little bit more time into this plein air painting that I did while in Ketchum, Idaho.  I had a great weekend of painting, the mountains are unusual and amazing pretty much everywhere you turn.  I put together this slideshow to show the progression of the piece.  I put it in this solid Maple floater frame.  I’m happy with how it came together.

I listed it today in my Etsy shop.  Hope over and check it out!