Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Plein Air Painting,How the site is important

 I do both studio and Plein air painting. If studio space is a problem for you Plein Air painting is the answer. You have the great out doors for you studio. When you go out to paint Site selection is important. I often drive around looking for great spots to paint in the future.

Site selection is one of the most overlooked steps. Just because a scene is beautiful or interesting doesn’t necessarily mean it will translate well into a painting.

 Because nature fills our subjects with resplendent color and light, it’s easy to assume that any scene will become a beautiful painting. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

 The three-dimensional “reality” that we see at the actual location and the two-dimensional reality of our painting are two different things. Nature always looks “right” because it’s real and we see it in three dimensions. A painting, though, is a constructed illusion. For a painting on a flat picture plane to be “readable” and suggest depth, its shapes and colors must distinguish themselves from one another and the painting must incorporate as many spatial cues as possible.

Crystal River
Crystal River, painting by Delilah Smith
My interpretation of nature.

About This Painting:
Crystal River
5x7 oil painting
plien air
Media: oil painting
Size: 7 in X 5 in (17.8 cm X 12.7 cm)
Price: $100 USD
How to Purchase:

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