Monday, October 26, 2009

Plein air Paintings

I took a Plein Air painting workshop this weekend with Michelle Chrisman. Plein Air painting is painting outside directly from nature. This was a new experience for me and I truly loved it. We first painted at Los Poblanos Ranch and on the second day we went far north in Corrales and painted the Rio Grande. As you can see I improved by the second day and can't wait to get outside and try this again. The fall weather was beautiful and I learned invaluable lessons of cropping my image, simplifying the landscape, finding shapes, and creating a pattern of dark values.

DAY 1 - Los Poblanos Ranch

DAY 2 - Rio Grande River in Corrales

Oil on Stretched Canvas



Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Catrina

Oil on Stretched Canvas, sides painted making suitable for hanging unframed