Monday, January 4, 2010

Plein Air Painting Is Not Over After All!

It was so beautiful outside yesterday that I decided to go back to some of my favorite painting locations of the year to see what they looked like under a foot of snow. This is beside the spot I painted September Marsh -the actual marsh was quite boring. By the time I found the spot and got out my paints, the sun had crept behind some low clouds, but it was still wonderful. I parked my car on the side of the road and set up my easel. I knew I needed to work fast due to sun and cold -it was -9C.

"Winter Trees", plein air oil painting, 8x6" on birch panel
This is the painting that I did. I am not really happy with the tops of the leafless trees -I will have to figure out a way to portray that more convincingly. Painting wet into wet like this, it is a challenge to keep the colours clean. I am not unhappy with this as I haven't painted in oils in months. It was good to get back at it, and I am encouraged to go back out again when the weather permits.


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silentwitness said...

Very lovely painting! Your time away from oils did no harm--this is gorgeous!

Caroline said...

A very successful painting. Full of life and the composition and colours used are very nice indeed. I personally would not work any more on the painting and I actually like the tree top as it is. In nature trees often are wild looking and grow out in many different shapes and sizes.
Well done for braving the very cold weather.

Sally Dean said...

Good for you! I have enjoyed plein air painting too in the snow-its great if you are out of the wind and have enough layers on- the heat packs help too.
Nice painting!

Krista Hasson said...

Nicely done, you are brave and dedicated to paint out in the cold.

Sharon said...

Thank you so much! I am encouraged.