Note: This is a four part plein air painting demonstration of my painting "Vineyard Patterns". If you'd like to see this demonstration from the beginning, click here. 8. I really have to look hard to see the subtle variations in the green shades, but once I start painting in the ground and the vineyard, my picture begins to take shape.
9. The clouds called off their threats so I was able to relax a little and put the finishing touches on my painting right there on the spot.
"Vineyard Patterns" Oil on Canvas, 12x16"
My process for painting in the studio is very similar to my process on location. The exceptions are that I don't have size limitations, nor do I have to deal with the changing light, bugs, and sunburn! On the other hand, painting on location is an exhilarating challenge and helps me to develop my observation and decision making skills. It also gives a far better understanding of the play of light on the landscape.
Depending on the lighting conditions, color temperature changes dramatically. In a session of changing light like the one I had, I needed to make a decision early on about which lighting condition I wanted to go with, and then commit that to memory in case the sun went away completely!
Painting on location, (or "en plein air", as the Impressionists used to say) is a wonderful complement to my studio work. I often use my plein air sketches and studies along with the many, many photos I take on site, to develop larger paintings in the studio.
Note: This is a four part plein air painting demonstration of my painting "Vineyard Patterns". If you'd like to see this demonstration from the beginning, click here.