Monday, March 31, 2014

Plein Air 3-30-14

Yesterday was beautiful much like today is, minus the gusty winds. We saw temps in the 50s and 60s. I set out to paint and had it in my mind that I would paint a vehicle, specifically an old truck. I drove and drove and feeling depressed I didn't find anything that caught my eye, I started to head back into town. As soon as I entered town there was this old 50s Ford. I whipped around, pulled in to where it was. It was out in the front of a woodworker's shop (a stair-builder) at the industrial park. I got out and asked how long he'd be there (specifically the truck). He said an hour to hour and a half. I quickly set my easel with a small 8x10 panel and started on this little sketch. The day looked like fall with warm temps and no new growth, a display of greys and ochers. The gravel and background was simple and was a sun-washed high key low chroma kind of deal. It made things easier to paint quickly and simply. 8x10, oil.


  1. Hi Matt,
    You have a great grasp on your color temperatures here. Also dig the brushwork. Mud Season at it's best!

    1. Thanks Kyle. Didn't really finish the sketch because of time constraints but oh well.