Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Beach Houses- 16x20

this was an exercise in patience. when you plein air paint you just have to expect things to stay interesting. i can see why some like to hide out in their airconditioned/heated, well lit studios with the jazz playing and hours and hours to work on a painting. dont get me wrong i'm just saying that the plein air painter is at the mercy of tourists, the wind, clouds hiding the sun, bugs eating you alive (no see-ums are the worst!) and a host of other variables. in the studio there are no variables
i wouldnt have it any other way.
today started off cloudless and the light was beautiful. i thought i've got all day to paint, what a great day. just as i was drawing the composition the wind started to blow, and blow and blow, finally reaching at least 20 mph steady. then these beautiful clouds started rolling in. funny thing is, they are great to paint but when they move in front of the sun every few minutes, the light patterns and light effects change every few minutes back and forth! man.
you gotta use your memory alot to pull it off. when it gets really sunny you stare at the scene memorizing and then when it gets overcast you paint what you just memorized. its a trip. was very happy with the way this one turned out tho'.

todays not the day for the painting give-away but it is getting close for sure! check back tomorrow!

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