Thursday, February 14, 2008

Oak View Vineyard, Studio Painting.

Oil on Stretched Canvas

I tried something new that more advanced painters do: I took my plein air painting of this scene, along with some photo references, and tried to paint a "studio painting". This took me two whole Saturdays. I got so frustrated with the trees on the left, that I sanded them down and started over. I think I really bit off more than I could chew, but I learn something from every painting. I think I will go back to smaller paintings, and try to do them "alla prima", which means all at once (one sitting).

Somewhere near Bieber

Oil on Canvas Board
12 x 16

Alan and I were up in Modoc County, and we drove past this picturesque scene, and I yelled, "Stop!" So he did and I took a bunch of pictures. Now every time we go up to see family, we always go by here and take some more pictures. I don't know exactly where it is, but Alan does. I painted this from the photo. It took me all day to paint, and I scraped it down and almost gave up at one point. But I perservered, and I think this is my best painting so far.