Thursday, September 21, 2006

Plein Aire Landscape Studies in Oil

I've been so busy with work for the past month and a half that I've barely had time to eat and sleep, much less update my blog. In any case, I finally have time to do it now.

Over the past few months I've been doing some plein aire landscapes in oil. I've wanted to improve my skill with landscapes (and my skill with painting in general) and I think this is an effective way to do that. It forces me to be quick and astute in my observations. It's amazing how quickly the light changes and what a challenge it is to struggle to get something done before the landscape looks completely different from how it looked at the beginning of the painting. Landscapes are also an issue with me because there are so many tiny overlapping elements (thousands of leaves, branches and such) that you absolutely have to become skilled with "suggesting" the detail rather than explicitly rendering it. I've always been stronger with explicit rendering than with suggestion and I think that's kept me from reaching my full potential. I'm not quite where I want to be with these paintings, but I'm hoping to get much better over time with these exercises.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ron,
Nice to hear and relate to your frustrations of basically any art created out-of-doors. There are so many environmental factors working "against" the artist.

Ever check out Winslow Homer? He's one of my favorites (albeit watercolor, not oils). Check out how he handles foliage, etc. \

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Blogger Annie Fix said...

Nice job, Ron! I find oils very tricky to work with, and you have quite an impressive start with these paintings!

Rock on

12:21 PM  
Blogger Jeff Adams said...

Another great book for plein aire painting instruction is Alla Prima by Richard Schmid.

Really nice paintings Ron, I look forward to seeing more.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Noah Klocek said...

Awesome Ron, I hear your on the outdoor stuff that's what makes it fun though. I like the bottom one the most, I love the way you captured both the direct and indirect light in one pice.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

beautiful oil paintings!! Love the free stroke and lighting.

6:49 AM  
Blogger Colin Fix said...

These paintings are great Ron Bowman!!!! Keep up the pimp strokes.

1:52 PM  
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