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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Returning to the same location to paint plein air

10 x 8 oil on panel "Carmine and Gold"

Recently, I painted en plein air with another artist at Thomas Creek.  I still loved the same location as my previous posted painting "Aspens Along the Creek".  Being weeks later, different aspen trees have turned and some were a lovely shade of carmine red.  So that is where I set up to paint.

Now that there are no upcoming pastel competitions/shows to paint for, I'm enjoying a break and painting in oil.  It is fun and challenging in a different way.  Now I have to MIX colors!

The day we painted, it was beautiful and the morning light was shining through the trees, illuminating them like stained glass windows.  But we were having a little colder weather - breezes were blowing a cold front in and it light showers of snow were blowing on us.  I was wearing a knitted hat and wool sweater, but about two hours along, my hand was shaking as I tried to stroke the thin aspen trunks in....ha!  But I was determined to finish the painting and I did.  It looks impressionistic, which is what I'm aiming for.  Not bad, and I definitely am looking forward to doing this again!


ti-igra said...

Woohoo! :))) Carolyn!
So cool to see your oils! It is really beautiful! And bright! :)
What a wonderful picture (how interesting to see these trees again when they changed their clothes) and your story! Together with you I'm travelling through forests, different places of Nevada nature and not only!

We have very cold days, only 37.4 °F. Miss so much warm days. But I love changes!

Keep warm, Carolyn, drink hot tea and chocolate!

Ida M. Glazier said...

Carolyn. This is really a nice oil. Trees, and the fall color are both so hard! You have done a good job with this one!