Plein Air on Campus

These paintings were all done from the front seat of my van. Is it ‘plein air’ if the window is closed? (I think the window might have been open though! We have had weeks of gloriously clear, sunny, warm weather) It seems the important aspect is to be looking at the real object in its real life setting. The first one is on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, IN. It took me about 30 minutes.

Acrylic on hardboard, 6 x 6 inchesIMG_0039

The second painting is also on the IU campus, done on a different day. I loved the morning shadows on the building, but feel I didn’t paint them quite how I wanted.

Acrylic on hardboard, 6 x 6 inchesIMG_0041

I tried again the next week, using watercolor in my art journal. I like this one better. I think it was helpful to include the big tree that is casting the shadows on the building. Perhaps I was better at drawing it the second time. Perhaps the vertical format is more suitable? Total absorption for one beautiful hour!

Watercolor on Arches 90lb paper, 3.5 x 4.5 inches

IMG_0036

 

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One thought on “Plein Air on Campus

  1. Hi Mary, liked these paintings, and agree your watercolour captures the shadows and light more effectively on the buildings. I sort of agree about being in the car is semi plain air, but I think it just feels more authentic when you’ve actually stood there and done it in full view or from a better vantage point (and maybe less awkward balancing of paper and water pots etc!) but it’s better than a photo so it still counts!

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