From Plein Air to Studio |

From Plein Air to Studio

One of the things I've been working on is the processes of using plein air pieces as source material for larger studio paintings.

Today I completed framing a series of pieces all different interpretations of the same scene. I'm staging for a number of shows. These pieces are all about to go off their separate ways to different venues and it struck me they are interesting as a series.
I figured I could publish them here as a grouping as well as talking about the process. Here goes ...

This is a photo of the original scene.

Not a great photo - is it? It's actually hard to discern the main tree that I choose as my subject and I find the photo somewhat uninspiring. If someone had handed me the photo I never would have chosen it as a subject for a painting. This is not an uncommon experience as often photos can't capture the beauty of a scene.

Here's the first 9x12 painting I did on location:

"Softly Lit Afternoon"

A few months later I returned and did another painting on location of the same scene:

"Arching for Sun"

Then recently I did a larger 18x24 in the studio using these two plein air pieces and my memory as the only source material (if I had looked at the photo I probably would have lost all my inspiration to paint :-).

"Basking in the Sun"

I didn't even think about the evolution of the the paintings or the extent they incrementally deviated from the photo reference until I saw them all together today. I guess you'd call it natural evolution?


great work!

sorry I must say other thing... also, i like your interpretation of this three, and how you have put in the green. really goog works

Thanks for the feedback. Green can really be a problem in landscapes because it can become so overwhelming. I try to avoid using any green until the last stages of most paintings to try to keep it under control.