Monday, September 6, 2010

"Cottonwood Sunset"

6" x 6"

Oil on panel

Changing light and weather conditions can make plein air painting challenging, to say the least. I started this one down by the creek near my house last night just as the sun set. I managed to get the basic composition down as fast as I could, but mixing colors in the dwindling light proved to be a lesson in futility - this came as no surprise because I do this all the time. I looked at it this morning and wasn't totally repulsed by what I had achieved, so I adjusted the color a little and added a few highlights and called it good.

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