What a glorious day! I can't imagine heaven being any better than this. Late summer must be God's gift to those who enjoy outdoor painting. I am on the outskirts of western Omaha where the countryside is being developed into new neighborhoods. I find painting a scene like this both joyful and sad. Joyful because I am capturing and sharing a bit of the beauty I see in the common everyday world around me. Sad, because this scene will soon disappear in a whirlwind of new construction. The field on the left hand side of this photo is already scraped bare and new roads are being cut into it. By next spring this road will be paved and this tree won't exist.
I started this on a panel that was painted weeks ago with a cadmium orange base. I love the way it pokes through and warms the entire picture. I was also determined to go bold with warm purples in the shadows. How daring am I?
I think that unifying quality of color is what makes Plein air work appear fresh. When this is done by those who know what they are doing the painting actually sparkles with life. Check out the work of (Jennifer McChristian), she has it all, clean bold colors, unified color and best of all that sparkle and shimmering light.
I will use this sketch for a larger studio painting. I'll post that when I finish it.