Sunday, January 30, 2011

Studio Work from Plein Air Painting

I created the painting below in my studio.  The original, however, was created at a painting workshop taught by Dee Beard Dean in the Brookville area last October.  The workshop was part of an Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA) "paint out" that weekend in Brookville, Indiana.
12"h x 16"w
oil on canvas

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As always, 
Thanks for looking!


Saturday, January 29, 2011

More Plein Air

This is small little painting, just 6"h x 4"w oil on wood panel.  This was a real "quickie."  I had been painting the barn (seen in the post below) and when I was finished I turned around saw this tree in the field and decided to sketch it out.  It took about 15 minutes, if not less!  I love painting these little jewels!  Lots of fun!
6"h x 4"w
oil on wood panel

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Plein Air in COLD weather!

(in the open air)

Below is a fellow plein air artist's painting on his easel at the camp our Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA) stayed at this past weekend.  It was FRIGID in temperature (about 15 F) but our spirits were warm!  The countryside surrounding the camp near Bean Blossom, Indiana is very beautiful.  Fresh snow which, had blanketed the area just the day prior to our arrival, made for even more magnificent scenery than usual. 

 I took quite a few photos... so I have plenty of work ahead of me in the studio.  However, there is no better way to capture the feel and accuracy of atmosphere from a location than to paint it as you stand there in front of it in real life.   The below images show a barn with my painting of it below.  One is not striving for perfection necessarily when painting outside.  Perfection is relative, anyway.  But one is trying to capture an impression of how it appears at that time.   

10"h x 8"w oil on canvas
displayed on metal stand

I had an issue with the light in my painting here.  The foreground seems to be affected by an overcast sky while the background behind the barn indicates a sunny atmosphere.  This was pointed out to me during our critique session.  I forget who pointed it out or I would give them credit.  Anyway, I agreed and said that was exactly right - I had not thought about it at the time of painting.  I had been standing out there painting away (the day had been mostly overcast with periods of sunlight) when the sun popped out.  I was struck by the beautiful blue shadows cast upon the snow and figured I had to capture them before they disappeared again.  I had not even thought about the sun's affect on the foreground at that time.  I have begun to paint this scene again in the studio - hoping to correct the lighting situation.

I'm learning!  And IPAPA is a group of real pros!  This type of painting does not come easy to me.  But it is an enjoyable challenge!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Year and First Model Painting!

A new year, a new painting!  This year my goal is to concentrate on portraiture/figure painting and drawing.  Well, that is one goal, anyway!  Hopefully, I will be able to learn from watching my fellow artists at alumni drawing night.  It is always challenging.  I'm surrounded by a LOT of wonderful talent there.  So . . . here's the first installment in the portrait genre!

study 1
6"h x 4"w x .5"d
oil on wood panel

"Beneath the Blue Sky"

Newly completed work here.  I finished this triptych the other day.  And... it is up for sale if anyone is interested! 

  "Beneath the Blue Sky"
oil on canvas
30"h x 45"w x .75"d 
(this is the size of all 3 pieces combined, no frame or space between)
Janet S. Skinner