The other day I painted out in the field, but wasn't happy with what I did. I'm painting plants I am unfamiliar with, and experimenting with the pastels how to paint a "whispy" tree. So today I did a new painting, using the other painting and my photo displayed on my laptop for reference. Teachers have said this is a good thing to do - to paint from your sketches or field studies. It really frees you up to experiment - I changed the format from portrait to landscape, I moved trees, rocks and the path. I got the wispy tree better this time. I think this painting is a little bit better, but I still see things here I could improve on. I can see the benefit of this type of work. I should do this more often.
Welcome to my art blog! This is where I share my explorations and learning experiences in pastel, watercolor and oil painting. I have had this blog for about six or more years. I am currently entering many national and regional juried art shows. I have a website and sell my work from there as well. I started a group called Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters a year ago and it has grown to about 40 active painters! Each year brings new challenges and exciting opportunities. I have made many friends among other art bloggers and enjoy visiting their blogs. I hope you enjoy your visit here, and click on the links to my website and the plein air painters to see more!