Plein Air by the Stream

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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

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

Tulips

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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

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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

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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.