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. 🏃🏃🏃🏃
5X7″ oil on canvas panel
This morning I went out and spent a couple of hours sitting in the foothills, painting, and just enjoying being outside on a quiet Saturday morning. I am enjoying the peace of plein air painting more and more. I’ve made a pact with myself to be at peace with the work I do.
In this painting I chose to make the 2 sage brush in the middle distance the focus of my painting. I sat just behind a group of Cottonwood trees and used them as my foreground that can be looked past. And I used the trees and Tablerock in the distance as my backdrop. I enjoy the simple composition.
6X8″ oil on canvas
Today I went and sat in the back of my car as it rained and painted this little scene of rural but right in town Boise. There are little dirt roads here and there that make you feel like you are in the country. With downtown just a mile away.
Just one more day of school for my kids. Yahoo!