May 20, 2011

"Notch Hill in Early Spring"

This little painting was done from my tail gate a few miles from  home.  On a small canvas, it is so important to decide early what can be left out.  The nuetrals of the background trees not in leaf yet were laid in with some very grayed and lightened greens, and only a few strokes.  I find it a very engaging process getting something to "read" with only a stroke or two.  Less is definately more - and it's certainly more fun than struggling to render little tiny shapes on little tiny canvases, which is just a recipe for unpleasantness in my opinion.

So, spring has sprung, and time for another season of daily paintings in the great outdoors.  Gotta love it!

Happy plein air painting, pilgrims.

1 comment:

  1. I'm looking forward to getting out and painting more too!