Going back to the same spot to paint in different weather or different times of the day is a great exercise in painting what I see -- not what I know, or what I think I see.
One dry afternoon, Mt. Tam looked clear and the grasses along the creek were hot orange. The result is a very warm painting.
On another day, the air had quite a bit of moisture and the mountain had a vague mist around it. The grasses were more uniformly green, and the water seemed more blue. It was a warm day, but the painting is cool.
I've been doing these smaller paintings outdoors ("en plein air" as termed by the Impressionists) as studies for a larger one.
The same paint colors were on my palette each time, but the results are so different, I am tempted to go back to the scene again this week with fresh eyes and see what happens! What do you think?
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Linda Rosso is a California artist who delights in the colors she sees out of the corners of her eyes. Read more...
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