The final quick field study. From here I can finish this piece in the studio.
In the next step, I am adding in the base colors for the shapes in the composition.
This is my rough block in. Only about 10 to 15 minutes into this study. I am using basic lines for the house to divide the shapes and large areas of color for the trees. This gives me a fast layout of the composition which I can refine and add more color to in the next step. This is today's farm scene. I just love this setup; there are many paintings I could pull from this one scene. I am thinking today will focus on the house with the nice shadows.
Today is a 12x12 square format oil painting. I am starting to work on some country farm house paintings for something different. The square format is nice for these paintings, I think it helps give the piece a nice contemporary feel. I am also trying to paint this series with a little more high key color.
This scene had some great shadows happening so I thought a quick study would be fun to work on. These shadows wouldn't hold for long so I had to move quickly and I only wanted a quick rough base painting anyways. I will do the finish in the studio.
As always, you can click on the photos for a larger view.
Some people have been wondering what my larger works look like so I am posting a new one I finished a couple days ago. This painting is titled "Coastal Evening" and is 30x48 inches. The piece is done in oils on canvas and you can click on the image for a larger view.
A beautiful country scene I came across the other day. I didn't have time for painting but thought this could make for a nice studio piece. While I was sitting here taking in the view I noticed something flying down to that tree stump on the left at the base of the trees. I quietly moved over to that tree stump, it was about as tall as I am and there was a small hole in the side where a bird was working on a nest. So I just stood still for about three minutes hoping it would come out and I would get a decent shot. I was about to give up when he popped out. Check him out on the next photo and you can click on these photos for a better view.
STEP6 Studio Finish:A couple days later I was able to work on this piece in the studio. Working from a photo I took of the scene I added the smaller details to finish the piece. I often use a flat screen computer monitor to view my photos. This shows the light and color much better than a print out would. In my field study I knew I was going to adjust the road and foreground grass colors later; so I just laid in a rough base of those areas. Here's the finished piece, Country Road 9x12 oils on board.
Step 5 Field Study Finish: So here we are with my finished field study for the Country Road piece. I have completed this in about 30-40 minutes by just trying to get the large basic shapes and colors down. I will have plenty of time to work on the details once I get back to the studio.
STEP5 Adding Basic Colors: Now I am adding the basic colors and adjusting the lights and darks to the trees and foreground. I have also painted the sky to get a sense of the atmosphere in the piece.
Plein Air demo Part Two. You can click on the images to see a large view.
STEP3 Block In: Now I have added the base colors into the piece. At this point we can really see where the painting is going. I will show the last steps in my next post, part 2.
STEP2 Composition Block In: In step two, I have filled in the composition with a single base color. In this case it was Burnt Sienna. Now I have a good base for laying the lights and darks. At this point I am only a few minutes into the piece.
STEP 1 Composition: The first thing I wanted to get down on the board was the basic feel of the composition. Here I have used just a few lines to show my road map for this painting. With just these quick steps taking a couple minutes, I can already get a feel for the the piece.
This is the first part of the demo steps for the Country Road painting. Once again I have worked quickly to create a basic field study block in which I can later bring back into the studio for the finishing work. This is part one. You can click on the photos for a larger view.
Plein air Oregon style. Gnarly weather coming in fast.
A little guy.
From today's trip. I was up near a local winery in the hills. On that road is a large Llama farm, or is that a Llama ranch. Anyways, the new little guys were out and about watching me paint. I managed to get a quick base painting roughed in as our new storm approached. Had to work fast today and finished just as the first drops started hitting.
This is the view I painted for today's plein air study. I liked the strong composition of the horizontal road against the large vertical trees.
A photo of today's plein location. Very nice light today, I combined three photos for a wide view of this location. You can see a larger version by clicking on the photo. As beautiful as this view was, I actually painted the road looking left towards those evergreens. I will try and post another demo of this painting soon.
I am also working on finishing some of these plein air studies and will be posting the paintings when they are finished.