November 23rd, 2010
Let’s stop and give thanks for all our blessings. I have had a wonderful summer, spending time with family and friends, painting, gardening, and loving those grand kids!
I was a bit disappointed in the fall colors, but they did show a little. I was looking out today at the sky and thought of the many colors I could add to a painting. I saw purples, reds, blue, grey, and white. The brown leaves could have red tones as well as gold tones. So, yes, I can see beyond the photo’s and create my own color scheme. I am thankful that I have seen glorious fall colors, and sun drenched trees and I can paint my trees any color I choose!
My friend Patsy and I tried our hands at plein air a few weeks ago. It was a challenge, but I was very satisfied with my first piece. I am anxious to do more of this painting out of doors, from life and not from a photo. It forces you to look deep and to see more than a quick glance. The sunlight is constantly changing and altering the shadows and colors so you only have a limited amount of time to capture a vision. I did a quick sketch (with Transparent Oxide Red oil paint), and then placed in my local (main) colors, then I began to fill in the areas of trees, grasses, fences, etc with a little more detail. I painted a scene with hills, a barn, and fields in the late summer sky. The fields had a lot of gold where the crops had recently been harvested. It was a greying day so we sat just inside my friend’s carport to avoid a downpour. Because I could…I painted blue skies with a few clouds. In reality the skies were grey when I started. As if I had willed it so, the skies cleared, and the clouds really did appear.
I finished and framed the 8×10 oil in a dark wood frame. It will likely remain with me to reminisce my first plein air piece.
I’ll post a photo as soon as I can. I am on the road now, exploring new places. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!