Posts Tagged ‘overcast’


Plein Air – Along the Corn at Bloomberg

August 16, 2013
Along the Corn at Bloomberg; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

Along the Corn at Bloomberg; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

A good day with a lot of atmospheric perspective. Very overcast and humid. I headed south of town, I had a location in mind but after arriving, I decided to venture on. I did not find what I was hoping to discover. Took a turn south and found a design that could work, but it just didn’t hold enough interest. I decided to head over to Deer Run, I thought that I would be able to get a good view of a treeline there. Nope. Too many trees blocking the design which I thought would be available. I spent about fifteen minutes or so moving around to check on possibilities. A bit saddened when I realized that an old barn adjacent to the park had been razed recently. Was ready to just set up and do something…anything then decided to go back near Oak Ridge. I remembered seeing something that could work though I was not certain if I would be able to park the car safely.

Got to the spot. Luckily I would be able to park safely. I walked around and found a spot at the edge of a field of corn. Looking across the road, I had a nice vantage point. Quickly set to painting. As much as I enjoyed the conditions and balanced light afforded by the overcast skies, I could not help but think about getting back here on a sunny morning when the shadows could reveal great possibilities.

As I painted, occasionally a car or truck would lumber down the road. The sound of the trucks brought the memory of a scene from the classic movie, North by Northwest, when Cary Grant is out on a lonely country road waiting for a contact to arrive.

I used combinations of Titanium White, Dioxazine Purple and Cadmium Yellow to achieve the earth-tone effects on the grasses.


Plein Air – Midway – Anticipating Blossoms

August 2, 2013
Anticipating Blossoms; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

Anticipating Blossoms; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

Rain threatened. Rather than travel far and lose the day to rain, I drove over to Midway Village. Quickly set up with a view of the gardens by the Breckenridge house.

The overcast/cloudy conditions made it rather comfortable to work. Enough of the right light to yield some degree of shadows and yet offer protection from the glare of the sun.

The painting worked well. I had to pay attention to alter the greens.  Too much of the same color can be overbearing. To minimize the “green”, I started by putting a light wash of Alizaron Crimson in areas which would be foliage thus using a complimentary color as a background. I would liked to have had color from flower blossoms, but that was not to be. Good day for painting. Oh, by the way, it started to rain as I started to pack up my gear.


Plein Air – Oregon Park

September 19, 2011

August 30 #1, Oil on Canvas Panel 10" x 8"

The Eagle’s Nest group decided to paint out at a park along the Rock River. Following a 6 mile run, clean-up and breakfast, I packed my painting gear, lunch and Clawed into the car and took off to Oregon.

Unfortunately it was overcast/cloudy. I selected this spot situated along an observation deck and worked on a 10″ x 8″ canvas panel. I spent a little more time on this than I should have, but it was fun.

I applied some artistic license on this one. The Route 64 bridge would have cut through this image. I didn’t like the design that the bridge would have demanded, it served no purpose to my painting, so I removed it. Washington is throwing a lot of money at the rebuilding of the nations infrastructure, but I doubt that they would forward any of that stimulus money to have me put the bridge back into this scene. Just as well.