Puttering Around Notes
I’ve been puttering around the studio today, getting ready for the chili party on Saturday and finishing up some framing and painting. I finished the pine tree painting that I started about a week ago. This was the third session and I got it done. I had done some experimenting on my process with this one, changing up the way I usually paint sky area. Normally, I wait until nearly done with the painting to plug in the sky around trees and such. That allows me to have a nice clean sky, not muddy. The only time I usually start the sky work early in the scene is if it is actually an important part of the painting, like a cloud or sky scape.
Now I know why I wait until near the end of the painting. This painting I put sky work in very early, during the block in stage and it was a mess. I had to completely redo the sky in the last session to make it look good. I am not one who likes messy work. I like to refine the painting just a bit at the end, correcting light and values, fixing here and there, cleaning up any areas that are not clean. I don’t mean tightly rendered or illustrative, as that is not my style. To me fresh and loose don’t mean messy. Fresh should not be messy.
Tomorrow I’m out in the field on my trail with my plein air students to study again. We are working on started paintings we did last month. We will also get a bit of practice on painting foreshortening of limbs. I see so many paintings with side limbs and not limbs front and back. Trees are three dimensional. We need to know how to add limbs coming to us and away from us to make full trees.