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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Plein Air Landscape Painting

The New Year in the studio started with my selecting a painting to be exhibited at the Duluth Art Institute's Membership Show. It is always a dilemma to choose which painting will be best matched with which exhibit. There can be many paintings out at various shows at any one time, and events overlap, so it's important to know which painting is where and for how long.

This little painting was created during the 2012 Plein Air Grand Marais. It had been an overcast day with periods of rain. Part of the day was spent under the overhang of my car's hatch with my pastels, trying to keep them dry. Toward the end of the day, the clouds broke up and the sun shone through, giving me an opportunity to get out from under the hatch and paint standing up!

Clouds are an exciting challenge to paint: their form constantly changes. Look up, paint, look up, different! Repaint, look up, different! And so it goes until the right combo of paint/look up comes together in the completed painting.

After the Rain

For more information about:
Duluth Art Institute's Membership Show
2012 Plein Air Grand Marais

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