Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Plein-Air

Windy Day
Oil on masonite
6"x 6"
Plein-Air painting is probably the best thing ever. Feeling the breeze outside contributed to this painting. I was thinking a lot about the impressionists because I was trying to get the effect of the tree blowing in the wind, like trying to capture a single moment. The wind was also making it lean to the left, so I tried to express that. At first, I didn't like how the brush strokes in the sky were in circular pattern, but now I don't mind it so much, feels more windy that way. Very thick paint, I don't think that thick paint normally works on small surfaces, but I like this result. The main thing that bugs me about thick paint with oils is the paint just sucks in any color you put on; it turns into a muddy vortex of paint. I did find that scraping paint off is a lot more constructive rather than destructive. I've heard that artists like Whistler would just wipe their paint off in order to say things simpler. This is key, simplify.