Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Plein Air Steps Golden Field

I found these beautiful golden fields and decided this would be my plein stop for today.
The start of this painting was same as always, laying in the basic shapes and general color tones.
This is about 20 minutes later, still working with getting the colors and layout correct.
At this point I have the foreground base a bit more saturated than the actual filed. I did this on purpose because I wanted to lay in the softer golds and white flowers on top of this brighter base, letting some of the underpainting show through.
My block in is complete and now I have put another layer of paint down over parts of the base painting. The golden fields in the foreground now have some more neutral golds and off whites placed creating more color harmony in the painting. Decided not to add the barns, my main focus was the golden fields and I'm just not a big barn type guy anyways. I will stop and do the final details back in the studio. My total time on this one outside was around one hour and thirty minutes, just enough to get the basic color notes and composition down. The studio finish will be a snap from here!


Celeste Bergin said...

fun to see the process and read the explanation. (I drove by a big yellow field the other day and I said: "There's a Don Bishop field"! )

Don Bishop said...

There was a big yellow field to the left of this spot as well. Looks like I'll be inside again today. So do you think this rain will EVER stop!