Stone Coal Studio

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Plein Air - Just Get Out and Paint

Despite the long to-do lists in the studio, in the house and in the gardens, the pleasant morning was simply too nice to pass up an opportunity for plein air.

So I joined the rest of the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge at the Roanoke River in Salem, Va. Since the river level was fairly low I was able to set up on the river rock next to the water.  This gave me a great view down the river toward the bridge.  The photo shows the wonderful contrast between the light falling on the water and the dark shadow areas in the trees that line the river.  The photo (above) shows the initial drawing of the bridge on a colorful canvas.

The trees at the top of the painting have now been added and the basic light/dark of the water has been defined also.  A few of the river rocks seen in the photo have been included to the lower right of the painting.  I am pleased how well things are working at this point.

The painting is compete and the strong contrast which caught my attention has been preserved.  The composition plays with the classic "T-shape" with the bridge starting the shape and the trees and water also extending the shape throughout the painting.  

And finally a close-up of the work.  The blue line on the bridge is actually a water pipe that runs along it which gave an opportunity to repeat the color blue up on the bridge.

This work will be added to the Double Line Painters 150 paintings in a 150 days challenge on Pinterest.  Yes,  we are still working of completing the challenge-- and we are getting closer.

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