Plein Air by the Stream


This time I sat by the stream at the apartment complex. The stream was pretty full following a big storm the night before. Several small children were enjoying playing in it. Some of them would creep up quietly behind me to see what I was doing and then say shyly, “I like your painting”. One little girl watched me with her eyes shining, obviously wishing she could be painting too.

Cottage experiment


This was another lesson from a library book, painted on Arches Oil Paper. I thought I’d try the same picture on canvas board to examine the differences.



The contrast is not quite as high here, and the overall effect is a little looser. The paint can move about more on ¬†canvas than on paper, so earlier layers are more easily disturbed on canvas. I’m still deciding which one I like better.





This spring a friend told me about the beautiful flowers at a local winery, so I stopped there one Saturday morning to see them. This is from one of the photographs I took there.

Trying Oil Paper


One aspect of plein air painting so far that I wasn’t sure if I liked was the canvas texture, which seems to show through a lot in such a quick painting. Then I thought of this ‘oil paper’ made by Arches. I found some in the excellent art store here in town and bought a piece to try out. This picture is a lesson from a library book I have out at the moment. I was pleased with the result.

Campus Gates


For this painting I sat in the parked van and painted from the driver’s seat with my pochade box on my lap. Katherine read her newly checked out library books in the back seat! I do not like the ‘childishness’ of much of this picture, but it was another try.