I 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
24X48 oil on canvas
This morning I went out and painted on location for about 3 hours with a friend. It was fun to have someone with me.
I still have a ways to go. I like this point in the progress of a painting. When I have all the element in and I start to work on developing individual parts.
I’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. 🏃🏃🏃🏃
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!