Water, Skies, and Natural Landscapes from Oregon, Washington, and travels.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunrise Rose Blanket, 6 x 8 oil
Every morning the cloud pattern is different. For today's painting "en plein car" I am sitting in the front seat of the van, peeking out at my glimpse of river. The sun hasn't yet made it over the heavy fog to the east, but the river is full of light. Sitting up front leaves me crowded with paint supplies, and I have to hold the panel in my hands. Not exactly the most comfortable way to paint, but it is far too cold outside for me to be standing still. Okay, Stapleton Kearns would not be proud. He likes to paint out in winter wearing big thick boots. I prefer summer and barefoot, but that's months away now. And these sunrises are unique moments, each one a jewel across the string of winter mornings.
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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