Stone Coal Studio

Stone Coal Studio

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Plein Air Season Begins

While acknowledging that for some artists the plein air season is year round no matter the weather conditions; however for our group, Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge, the warmer spring weather brings us back outside to paint.  And the conditions were near perfect today with pleasant temperatures, little wind and a beautiful blue sky.  

I set up on top of the hill at the old cemetery in Fincastle (VA).  It is still early spring here as the trees have not filled out and the bright yellow greens of the emerging leaves dominate the landscape.  Redbuds and Dogwoods are in bloom as well as several ornamental cherries.  

This is a view of my new guerrilla paint box on the tripod.  It set up easily and allowed me to quickly get to the painting.....well actually to the decisions of placement, design, drawing, re-design, painting in a few shapes and then doing a bit more drawing before settling in to paint.

(the building in the top center is not the building depicted; it is the one located to the far right)

By the end of the morning I was pleased with my "start".  Happy to report that there is enough information to complete the painting or to use if as a study for a larger work.  For the first outing of the season I call that the measure of a successful outdoor painting session.

Happy Spring!
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