Harris Ranch Big Tree

IMG_12855X7″ oil on panel

I painted this plein air today.  I feel like I’m starting to get a feel for plein air painting.  I’m happy with how this little painting turned out.

I keep painting Harris Ranch because it’s just about the only flat open space near my house.  There are a few cows left on the ranch I’d like to paint.  This open space is quickly disappearing with houses being built on it all the time.

Sunset Over Harris Ranch


8×10″ oil on canvas

I’m determined to figure out plein air painting.  I’ve found a spot not to far away where I can go to paint the sunset, so I’m going to do a series of paintings from this location until I figure out the process better.

I painted this one last night.  I liked painting the sunset because I had to move really fast.  I liked the limited window of light.

I’m not in love with my paintings right now, I feel like I am in a transition trying to figure out what I want to paint and how I want to paint it.  I also want to understand color better.