Still, it's a good idea to take on the challenge, I think, because the forced necessity to organize close value relationships and subtle color intensities in a pleasing way strengthens the observation skill needed to paint better under any lighting situation. The close scrutiny and careful paint mixing necessary to painting on a gray day is a great way to hone our ability.
This painting was done last Saturday at the Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event, on a still, thinly overcast morning that gave the landscape a kind of beautiful glow. I probably would have passed up painting the scene, were it not for the object of having paintings to enter in the show. You take what you can get. I was pleased with the result, and received a lot of compliments on the painting. "Oh, how subtle and beautiful!" Still, it didn't attract a buyer. Those danged gray days!
©Jimmy Longacre 2013
11x14 oil on canvas panel
Texas impressionist landscape paintings
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