Monday, December 31, 2012

Four Studies, Plein Air

Do you live someplace other than the great Northwest?  Go outside.  Bask in the sun.  Do it for me because I'm counting the days until the weather begins changing from constant rain to a bit of occasional sun.

These four studies, done one morning in Maine, are from those glorious sunny days when painting outdoors was actually possible.  Each image brings me back to the scene I was looking at, with warmth on my face and a gentle breeze blowing.....OK, so there was a slight gale that blew over my easel.....I was still outside painting.

'What Do You Do When You Can't Paint Outside' is the title of my upcoming class beginning on January 17th.  While I will have a couple of still life setups around, most of the class will be about painting from photographs.  We will explore the pitfalls of photography and the possible work-arounds that can keep them fresh and exciting.  Open to all levels in oil, acrylic and gouache.  Find out more at the Winslow Art Center website.

This will be great practice for when plein air becomes doable again as the same principles of design, value and color will apply.  Come join us if you can.


  1. Great studies Darrell! Each one could be developed into a nice studio painting!

    Your class sounds timely for our area!...I'm okay with painting indoors when I have to...I just wish I could beat this cold that has been hanging on for the last three weeks!

    The best to you and yours in the coming new year!

  2. I'm with you, regarding these rainy days. Having the paintings around keep those warm days nearby. Great idea for your new class!

  3. These really sparkle...beautiful!


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