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Down in the Valley

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Down in the Valley

Down in the Valley
9×12 Oil on panel
Studio from photo reference

I’ve had this panel outlined since March. It’s one of my favorite images, one I plan to paint again at a much larger size. Overall, I like how this one came out, especially when viewed in person.

November 8, 2018
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Water Lillies

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Water Lillies

Water Lillies
8×8 Oil on panel
Studio from photo reference

I started this one a couple of months ago when I was in my Monet phase. I finally got around to touching it up tonight. I like it in general. My only real issue with it is the foliage at the top. I’m still learning how to capture reflections on water.

October 25, 2018
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Mountain Barn

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Mountain Barn
8×10 Oil on panel
Studio from photo reference

I’m pretty satisfied with how this one turned out. I’m still working on my basics, but I’m learning a lot more every day. Now that it’s cooler, I’m hoping I can actually get outside and paint en plein air.

October 17, 2018
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En plein air

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The weather is turning quickly here in Missouri, so I need to take advantage of the warm days when they come, even if they are extremely blustery. Last Thursday was one such day. I had luckily managed to fill in the final two pieces of my oil plein air kit a few days before nice weather popped up, so when I saw warm temperatures in the forecast, I was ready to take advantage.

I quickly made my way to Lakeside 370 after work. I was hoping to paint two panels, but the wind and dying light weren’t cooperating. That said, I did stick it out to finish one panel, which turned out okay.

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I had my suspicions the finished picture was going to turn out darker than I had anticipated, and I was right. I had also forgotten how “wet” oils are. I’ve been painting with acrylics so far, so when I went to paint an element like the clouds, it was a bit of an eye opener in terms of application and blending.

Though the wind and dwindling light definitely hampered my first oil plein air experience, I was happy I got out to paint with my new setup. My plan is to keep painting smaller panels indoors over the winter so I can get used to the process and refine my technique before spring. We do have a few nice days in the forecast ahead. I hope I can get out a couple more times before the winter chill sets in.

November 1, 2017
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En plein air

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plein air

Plein air painting! I took my makeshift acrylic cigar box setup to Florida in hopes of spending some time trying out the plein air lifestyle. I’m happy to report it went rather well!

M and I went out to Caladesi island on Sunday to enjoy an afternoon of sun and surf. When I wasn’t in the water, I was in my beach chair, painting the scene laid out before me. It wasn’t the most organized setup, but it worked well enough to get something down on canvas.

When we were done with the beach, we headed back up to the dock area where I quickly painted another panel. The clouds broke apart in the gulf view, so I wanted to try and capture them from the other side of the island.

I’m pretty happy with the way these panels came out. I would have loved to use my new oil setup, but there was no way I was going to drag everything down to Florida for an afternoon. My cigar box setup did the trick though. I think I’ll keep it with me for use on shorter trips where I know I can only get out for an hour or two.

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October 18, 2017
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