#PleinAirProject – week 5

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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#PleinAirProject – week 4

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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#PleinAirProject – week 3

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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#PleinAirProject-week 2

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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#PleinAirProject Coming Soon

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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