Thursday, April 22, 2010
Kentucky Waterfall - 9"x12" My First Plein Air Painting
This is my first Plein Air painting! The whole process took about 3 hours. I cheated at the end of it, by looking back at the picture I took, thinking I needed to get the shadows right, because the sun had shifted since I started, and the shadows were different...(I'm sure those of you that do plein air painting on a regular basis have learned how to deal with this - paint the shadows first? Draw in the areas of shadow beforehand? Go out on a cloudy day?) Well..haha...the shadows work only with the appropriate amount of trees, I found out... and it became obvious that I had left out a few - trees, that is. I can laugh about it...but I'm still trying to fix the shadows. What's cool, though, is that I wasn't sure I could paint shadows, or if they would even 'look' like shadows at all. And once I put them in there, I didn't think they would show up that much, or be that big a deal in the scheme of things. But, noooo....they show up, all right, and look like shadows...(at least to me). And, they're the biggest annoyance to me about the whole painting. I tried to work quickly, and not obsess, and overall, I'm very happy with it. It's also fun knowing I can go out, set up, paint a painting, and get it done all in about 3 hours. I can deal with a few shadows, now that I've got the sunshine back!