|Andalusian Olive Grove, 8X10" oil on canvas panel|
A lovely thing about painting on location is that when you bring home your field studies, they have a way of transporting you back to the place and time; the smell of the air, the temperature, sounds, all of it. Although what I remember most about this particular painting day was how our hosts packed us a picnic lunch of fresh local cheese, meat and fruit - and baguettes that were so fresh they were still warm. It was a picture perfect painting experience in the Andalusian countryside.
A word about the painting itself - this was one of those pieces where it was obvious before I even started how much simplification would be required to paint this on location. Big shapes first - and leave out as many small shapes as you can. The field of wild flowers that made a yellow carpet underneath the trees would have been impossible to paint literally and so I simplified greatly, and, to my eye at least, it reads as what it is. It's not only more fun for the painter, but I believe also more fun for the viewer to suggest rather than explain every detail. Just say the important stuff; otherwise things can get tedious.
I will be doing a plein air workshop this summer in the first week of August for four days. I would love it if you could come out and paint with me. I will be holding the workshop out of my home studio in Sorrento BC and we will travel around to some of my favorite painting spots. I will post details shortly. Please feel free to email if you have interest or questions.
PS - I still have room in my COLOR MIXING workshop - see sidebar for details. It's coming right up so contact me immediately if you are interested!