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Plein air painting in the mountains of Telluride CO


Plein air process with oil (step-by-step) but also how to see and 'capture' the essence of a location. What to prioritize and leave out. When to simplify. Also... when to stop and review back at the house! Notes during the art's creation are given in oil but also for water media artists who would like to follow along. Created during Plein Air Telluride. 9x12" oil on Centurion panel with warm/cool primaries and Vasari extras (see supply list). See photo reference attached and final painting.

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Plein Air Notes : Getting Looser & Faster On Location

When creating a plein air painting it's hard to just jump in with paint and not draw first. See how comfortable you are with this method. If you are not, spend time drawing first, this is ok. To shave off time on location you can start to train yourself to reduce the drawing time little by little. Some beginning artists find that drawing first on location (no paint) is the easiest way to start plein air. Although many people consider watercolor difficult (I don't think so!), it will train you to think on your feet and not dither with shape/value and color. If you are an oil painter and take a long time to finish a project and have tried plein air, maybe consider watercolor to help you paint faster.

Telluride Layers Photo


Telluride Layers Art - Lashley