Saturday, March 4, 2017
Painting plein air can be daunting. Everywhere you look, you see details. The temptation is to include everything.
So sometimes I just zoom in on one object. That one thing can say so much about the location without including all the surrounding details. This old lantern was on a dock at the end of the harbor. There were buildings, boats, a footbridge, and rocks, not to mention the old restaurant where the lantern hung. But I liked the antique quality of the light fixture so I eliminated everything else.
Drawing is critical when you choose an outdoor still life. Take care with the drawing, and the painting will be easier.
I chose a limited palette, not only because it was an aging rusty lantern, but also because it suited the mood of the subject matter.
Posted by Carol Jessen at Saturday, March 04, 2017