Peaceful plein air morning

Fishing spot at Falls Lake Despite a rocky start (forgetting my brushes and struggling to map the values and shapes of this scene) I eventually got into a groove and really enjoyed my time painting at the lake. The turnoff I chose today is designated as a fishing spot, and yesterday when I drove by there were many people here fishing. But this morning it was quiet, just a few other people including a couple launching kayaks. So it was very peaceful in this little nook I found. I wanted to be sure to get some angles in with this…

What heat advisory?

Painting outdoors at the Durant Nature Preserve pond I was all set to spend a few full days painting outdoors, but the weather isn’t cooperating. So I’m shooting for a few quick morning outings instead. I wish I’d picked a closer spot this morning because it took about 25 minutes just to get to the location, and since it was my first time there I had to walk around a bit to choose where to set up. But on the upside, my goal was to do a series of fast studies so the rising temperature helped hurry me along a…

Another great morning painting outdoors

Happily painting away in the shade It was a treat to be able to paint outdoors two days in a row. I went back to the same park and chose a new location to set up my box, next to a taller tree than yesterday for more shade. I intended to paint the pond but couldn’t find an interesting enough composition that wasn’t in full sun. Just down the path from the pond was a spot that caught my eye — cool, bright shadows raking across the grass, with a path leading back to a shaded area in the woods….

Energized by a morning plein air session

Great view at E. Carroll Joyner Park in Wake Forest The afternoons have gotten really hot and steamy in my area, so getting outside to paint early in the day is a priority for me. Evenings could work, but I’ve found it tricky to time that well with the setting sun. In the morning the heat starts to arrive, but at least there’s enough light to work with! I had an idea for a good spot at the great park near us that would allow me to study atmospheric perspective. I was super excited when I got there to find…

Front yard value study

Black and white oil study painted outdoors I went outside this morning to do a value study of the magnolia bush in our front yard. This bush is probably my favorite plant out front because this time of year it bursts into white blossoms and smells amazing. My scene for this study When I positioned myself in the shade of the house, I was able to frame the subject with a bit of the driveway and yard next door. I liked the way there was a dappled shadow going across that area. After sketching it out, I assigned the different…