Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Third Mountain Meadow Oil Painting Sketch by Artist K. Joann Russell

"Mountain Meadow Sketch #3"
5 x 7" oil painting on gessoed mat board

Do you see the difference in this little painting from the previous sketches...other than the size change? This was done in the early morning light. Notice the position of the long shadows and the bright light on the trees.

En plein air painting is so much fun. One has to respond quickly to the light on the scene before it changes. That means move than paint brush fast. No time to fiddle with little details. That's been my goal with my artistic journal this year, quick and loose painting. This sketch moves toward that goal. The biggest challenge was the evergreen trees, to show texture of branches without infinite detail. I had fun. That made my day and trip!

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