|FROM DESERT MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT 11x14 oil on linen panel|
First, I'm experimenting with painting larger in my plein air studies. That, in and of itself, has caused a shift in the way I handle the paint. It feels natural to put more on and move it around more freely. Learning to state shapes and values more directly. It makes me want to try to keep the same approach when I try small studies. again. Looking for what's essential, and putting it down with broader, more expressive strokes.
Then, surprisingly, I've noticed that I feel more control over edges and color variation as I paint wet-into-wet. The process reminds me of learning to surf. You're never quite sure what nuances the wave will present, but you're gaining the techniques to handle what comes up. That's fun! Granted, you have to be out on the edge, and you're going to "wipe-out" frequently, but it's way more exhilarating. COWABONGA! ... for those who remember.