Monday, April 28, 2008

Plein Air Painting

Fenner Arboretum
in Lansing Michigan was the site for the first paint out of the

Great Lakes Plien Air Painters Association that took place on Saturday April 26. The Plien Air Painters group is available to anyone who would like to join, so please take a look at their website and come out and paint with the group. Visitors are always welcome and you don't have to have any special equipment or skill level just the desire to meet other artist and get out and paint.

The day was over cast and really cold. The water looked brown not even gray like the sky. It sure looked like it could rain at any minute, but it didn't. I was able to get two paintings done before I just got so cold and had to give up painting for the day. Hint: Always bring gloves and a hat and dress in layers.

This painting was the first study and it is 6x8. I use canvas mounted on RayMar panels because it keeps the light from coming through like stretched canvas could.

This painting is a little larger 10x12. When I paint en Plein Air I work very quickly just trying to get a feel for the subject and the light. I take pictures then sometimes go back in the studio and do a large painting from the color studies.

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