Plein Air Washington

A few plein air pieces from recently. I’m taking a gouache plein air class in a couple months so I’m practicing. It’s really hard.

meglyman_DashPointMay2016 meglyman_rainierpleinairBoth are limited palette gouache on scrap illustration board. The top one was tinted the day prior. Turns out I’m kind of a slow painter unless it’s a cute squishy animal, and my parts start to go numb before I feel I’m done painting. It’s a great restriction to help practice.

Last one for a while

The earnest person of honest narrow vision who comes along and says, “I don’t see that colour,” should have one’s sympathy, as looked for with his coldly accurate eye, all the glory of colour disappears and has no existence.

Page 138, Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed

I know some people with that virtue

In these Post-Impressionist days we are apt to forget that nature is still one of our best artists …despite the fact that she is often made the excuse for very dull performances, by painters whose chief virtue is honest stupidity.

Page 59, Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed

But it’s my styyyyle

The heightened effect that there is in all artistic work, and which is in a way a departure from cold accuracy, must not be made the excuse for careless and slovenly work.

Page 57, Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed

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