Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Plein Air Adventures - Looking West
This trip was to the lookout at the Pittsfield State Forrest - looking west into New York state - the little lights in the top left are Chatham (I think) This was a two part painting. The first trip out was extremely windy and all I could get was a quick sketch on the canvas. This picture is only 15x15 so it was like a sail.
With one hand on my sturdy easel, and the other holding a brush, I sketched out my composition using Cobalt Violet (thanks Stape) before eventually being blown over. I snapped a couple pics before I left because the light was gorgeous.
Two days later I went back. I had written down the time that I was there, so I planned to get there an hour and a half earlier to get set up and cracking. It was cold. A few people came by now and again, and they only lasted about 5-10 minutes before getting back in their cars. It took me a bit to get the canvas covered, but once it was, I was able to really start shaping/describing with color what I was perceiving. I was in the zone. I worked solid until about just before the sun dipped below the horizon. all in all, I was there for just over two hours.
The trick is to pick your "time of day" and stick with it - even as the light changes.
I also snapped this picture in the middle of working to show that shadows are indeed cool (in sunlight)