Plein air painting starts with inspiration. I drove a few miles up the Big Thompson Canyon to a park on the Big Thompson River (Colorado).
After checking out several possibilities, I found a rock near the river to set up my pochade box with oil paints. I sketched out the scene with Transparent Oxide Red and blocked in my darkest darks. I worked for a few hours, gradually moving to using my pallet knife almost exclusively to get the heavy impasto feel which I wanted for the rushing river. The end result: my impression of the river that day and a great feeling of being outside on a gorgeous Colorado summer morning.
This 14" x 11" is for sale, please contact me for more information.
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(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)
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