Posts tagged "Fine Art"
The need to study nature: Plein Aire painting
Plein aire painting originated in France during the late 1700′s. It was a method of painting directly from nature. As an Illustrator I find it of great importance to study how light works in the land around us. It teaches me about the colors that exist and the various textures and how they are affected. You would be surprised to see how much gray is in nature. Too often we find our work either stale or over saturated with color. Working outdoors in nature and making color notes are the best ways to fine-tune our ability to see and paint.
My method is as follows. I try to analyze in depth my subject before hand. I then observe what is in front of me and translate it into something I can understand. This translation then becomes my basis for expression. I organize my shapes into a pleasing arrangement while keeping true to the forms in front of me. It’s not my intention to try and create a masterpiece. The idea is to make as accurate a study of what is there in front of me. The painting should then act as not only documentation but also a memory in time. I can still feel each one long after it’s completion. Warm light, cool breeze, dry air. It’s an experience that pushes beyond a simple definition of art.
My tools consist of an 8×10 pochade box with a glass palette or the soltek easel as shown. I use a limited selection of colors similar to my Cel-vinyl arrangement I used in the past. I prefer bristle brushes mainly Flats and Brights. I also have two palette knifes that are used extensively.
If I could give any advice it would be to keep your thinking organized. Be aware of these simple truths: composition, values, drawing, edges, color and brush dexterity. Squint down at the subject and simplify in paint what you see.