In this winter weather, I am returning to some old photographs of Hibiscus that I originally painted in watercolor. The intervening years of experience and change of medium reveal interesting changes in my approach. I find that I still appreciate the original composition. However, my drawing skills have grown tremendously, allowing me to move objects and lines that I never would have adjusted before. In the oil paint, I have considerably more range of color expression available to me. I am less focused on the details and more aware of the overall effect. A revealing benchmark painting.
Winter is the perfect time for finishing up plein air paintings. Each painting is a little memory from the past summer. I remember it was pretty cool in Newport when I started this painting. Cool is relative. Right now, I have zero desire to go outdoors and paint.
As a plein air painter, I spend many contented hours sitting in some inspiring spot with the sights and sounds of the outdoors, capturing my impressions of light and color. Back in the studio, these works expand, recreating a particular place in a special moment.
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