|Swimming Hole 9x12 oil|
Here's the re-worked plein air study I mentioned. I've included the original (below), so that you could see what I started with. The original study was done under less than ideal conditions. Which is often the case when painting outdoors. You never know what will come up. In this case, shortly after I had done my initial lay in of the light and dark shapes, the wind began to gust and clouds started moving in. It started sprinkling, so I hurriedly did what I could before packing up and running for the car as a downpour started.
When I got back to the studio, and looked at what I had done, I was disappointed in many things about the painting, but the composition had things I liked and so I decided I would experiment with it to see what I could do. Here's what I had.
|The aborted field study|
The re-work was fun to do, painting directly over the study at the same pace I would if I were painting outdoors, and I just went at it playing up the things I wanted to emphasize. The results were encouraging enough to convince me that I want to go back for another try at the subject.