Monday, July 28, 2014

Plein Air 7-28-14

I painted this one today, beginning in the morning. It was one of those days where everything began going well. I knew exactly what the composition was going to be and it started to fall together quickly. Then, the remaining hour, I became hesitant yet anxious at the same time to wrap it up. I also was a bit rusty, as it had been 3 weeks since I last painted. Some of my hesitation was due to multiple garbage trucks going up and down the alley directly in front of me kicking up dust. It was also super windy. I thought these Beauport easels are rock solid in the wind, yet I had to literally catch it as it fell forward from the force of the winds. Anyway, I thought I'd post a photo of it at the scene, where I painted it. It's amazing how much the lift changes and will flip flop especially when you compare the light sides of the house. 16x20, oil.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Plein Air 7-7-14

My friend snuck phthalo blue and phthalo green on my palette yesterday while we were both out painting. A couple colors I've always been fearful of because of their intensity, but I went with it. This is a farm only a few minutes away that I've been eye-ing since last year. All the buildings are white with a few others not included in the painting. I will definitely explore the whites at this farm on future occasions. 14x18, oil.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Plein Air 6-23-14

Outdoor painting "gurus" preach about "not chasing the light." Well, in my opinion, if the light changes for the better, I'm going for the latter. In this case, the scene went from full sun when I began to a cloudy/fox mix rather quickly near nightfall. I'm a sucker for understated grays. Painted in Cedarburg. 16x20.