Two paintings done on location at the Madison County Winery near St. Charles, Iowa. Gorgeous day, gorgeous scenery.
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Painted at the Marina in Virginia near my parents home. I find it strange to look at the photo I took and see how much more color I see when I’m on location.
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This is my fourth time out painting the James River in Virginia. I think there is value in repetition, as each time I see something new. This view is the small beach near my parents home which overlooks the James River.
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I’m a little behind posting, so catching up. Painted at Brenton Arboretum today at the shelter overlooking the vista. A man in a watering truck pulled up and watered the roof which is planted with prairie grass! I used a toned panel and decided to start standing up again to paint. The toning gave me […]
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In the 90’s today and one fellow artist commented, “It does seem a bit on the warm side…it still would be a good opportunity to take advantage of the intense lighting if being ignited into a flaming organic color flow wouldn’t happen.” We painted in the shade of the Des Moines Art Center and the […]
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Last week an artist friend and I went on a photo taking trip to Rathbon Lake, near the southern border of Iowa. The fields were verdant, corn high and tasseled, with lots of breathtaking beauty. At the lake I selected a hard subject of a marina to see if I could figure out how to […]
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I forgot to record the process, but I’m including the photo so you can see what I see. Photographs never tell you as much as being there. I sat in the sand in the shade, being a very hot day. By the time I finished, I was in complete sun and the light had changed […]
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Week one of Project Plein Air-So much to choose from at the friend’s lovely garden, but I zeroed in on one Iris. Frustrating not to capture the luminous quality of the flower. Just as we were packing up the sunlight appeared.
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I am committing myself to painting once a week plein air (on location) from June to August. I will write and photograph the process, from choosing a location, creating a value sketch to developing a small oil or watercolor painting. You will see the joys, frustrations, successes and failures. Maybe other outdoor painters will join me in the challenge and post their own paintings using #pleinairproject. Look for phase 2 coming soon!
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