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.




11X14 oil on panel

I went out last Thursday morning to Rimrock Reserve, a small bit of preserved natural open space near my house, and painted this plein air.  I have done 2 small 5X7 paintings of this area and wanted to see how it would be to paint the scene a little bigger.  I think once I have a new and bigger plein air easle it will be easier. On this morning the air was full of mist and atmosphere and it was just about to rain when I started.  I got the shapes and values blocked in and then it did start raining.  I finished this painting inside by memory.

here are the 5X7’s

Cottonwood, Sage, and Tablerock


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.