Monday, September 30, 2013

Autumn Fields (Plein Air in Dubois, WY)

Oil on panel, 11"x14"

Painted en plein air in the same location as "Glowing Aspens". I pulled way in on my view of this scene which made working out the composition more difficult. I wanted to emphasize the light on the background mountain but again lost the magic of this piece while chasing the light. All in all the painting isn't a total failure but it could have been much nicer.
A close up view of my scene.

My painting in progress. Again, the painting was nicer in this stage, I have to remind myself that finishing a piece is not my goal or purpose in painting plein air. 

Rolling River (Basalt, Colorado)

Oil on panel, 16"x20"

I started this piece a while back and put it aside for awhile. I wanted to try to finish it up and move on to some other projects. I don't know that I won't add a few strokes here and there but it is complete for the most part. Painted from photos I took in Basalt, Colorado.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Waters Edge (Plein Air in Dubois Wyoming)

Oil on panel 6"x8"

I made slight modifications to this piece and also noticed the bright blues in the water did not match the actual painting, I had photographed this piece outside and did not compare the photo to the actual painting when I posted it. The second time around I photographed it inside as I normally do. 

Oil on panel 6"x8"

Now this painting I feel like I totally ruined by chasing the light. If you plein air paint then I think you know what I mean. I blocked the painting in and began pushing my lights and shadows and after a while the light had changed so significantly that I tried to adjust to how the shadows and lights had changed. That can be disastrous.... live and learn right?

My setup of a beautiful scene that I just couldn't capture. This is one I would liked to have tried again but I had one ride out of this area and had to leave shortly after finishing the above painting.

This was before I ruined it. I wish I could revert back to where it is in this photo. 

River from the Bridge (sunny study)

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

A quickly painted smaller version of the River from the Bridge painting. Not as close up as the previous and full sun in this version as well.

Friday, September 27, 2013

River from the Bridge in Rain (Plein Air in Dubois, Wyoming)

Plein Air Oil on panel, 11"x14"

While attending the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation workshop in Dubois from September 15th -21st they provided a mentoring program for students of Dubois. I volunteered and was assigned a young man named Conner (seen in the photo below). We worked side by side as I instructed him through the process of attempting to complete a difficult river scene in rain, cold, and occasional sunny conditions. The elements made for a very difficult morning of painting but possibly the process of guiding Conner through his painting had me concentrating on what I know and I created what might be my best painting while there.  

Conner, a student in Dubois, Wyoming painting alongside my easel with my painting in progress.

The initial setup of River from the Bridge in Rain.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Aspens (Plein air in Dubois, Wyoming)

Oil on panel, 8"x6"

I have slightly revised and re-photographed this painting.

Oil on panel, 8"x6"

I liked this small group of aspens but they actually had not changed color and were still green. I took artistic liberty and used colors from the hillside aspens in this piece.

Glow of the Aspens (Plein Air in Dubois Wyoming)

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

Another piece painted on location in Dubois, Wyoming. Not many of the aspens had changed yet but this area was a higher elevation and maybe these trees had encountered more cold to get ahead of others. I took full advantage of bright sunlight hitting this group with layers of mountains just behind them to really set them off.

From the River Bank (Plein Air in Dubois Wyoming)

Plein Air Oil on linen panel, 9"x12"

I just got back last weekend from a week long workshop in Dubois Wyoming, the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation workshop. What a great experience and much more to come about that later in my blog. I painted 9 pieces plein air but they all took quite a bit of abuse as I painted in wind, sun, clouds, rain and cold and all combinations thereof. I do not have a wet panel carrier.... (sheeesh) so I would place my wet paintings in a bag to carry around. One painting fell into my palette and I had to scrape large amounts (globs) of paint off the bottom. The above painting is actually the one that happened to. Many have hand and or thumbprints from catching my falling easel in the wind. A couple had streaks from the rain drops on the painting repelling the paint as I applied it. But I got through it all and came home with fever and a cold. I have spent the week attempting to touch up the scratches, nicks and smears on all the pieces and make some small adjustments. I am rusty doing plein air work and it shows but it was a lot of fun.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sunlit Hillside

Oil on panel, 8"x10"
This piece is entirely conceptual and is very similar to one of my previous paintings. My focus was to keep it simple and with little detail, the color is the focus on this painting. The photo does not quite depict the intensity of the hillside color but it is close.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Monuments of Time

Oil on panel, 16"x20"

This scene was painted from photos I took on a trip through Monument Valley years ago. I rearranged the buttes to closely match a thumbnail sketch I created for composition.