Plein Air May 23

June 7, 2012

Plein Air – May 23 Pierce Lake Gathering; Oil on Canvas Panel 11″ x 14″

I had been to Pierce Lake a few days earlier and created the 11″ x 14″ painting posted above. As I returned home, I was dissatisfied with the reflections in the water and the debris. I took time to wipe out and modify the water. I returned this day and made a few adjustments of the colors in the reflections and then took time to place the debris to finish this design.

I still had time available and liked the view to the west. The clouds that were moving through made the design. I took a few minutes to draw my design on the canvas panel. I instead of doing the smart thing and taking care of the sky, I spent time working on the distant trees and  the water. By the time I was ready to work on the sky, the clouds were gone. It was a beautiful clear blue sky, which was not desirable to me. I looked to the south and saw some wisps of clouds and used that as my inspiration. Always problem solving and taking on challenges, even if they are somehow self-inflicted.

Plein Air May 23 Passing Clouds; Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

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