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Saturday, May 1, 2010

100 plein air paintings in 100 days - #1

#1 - "Banff Airstrip"
Original Oil 6x8"
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10/04/09 - (6pm)
The painting that kick started this project found me. I wasn't planning to begin until a bit later that week, had been at the studio attending to odds and ends all day and was driving home for dinner when I passed this scene. All my painting gear was in the car, and I had been gearing up mentally for this project for a couple of weeks, so suddenly it didn't make sense to keep driving. The scene I stopped to paint was a small snow squall blowing through with the trees very diffused and no color whatsoever in the scene, but by the time I rifled through my pack and fished my painting gear out, the storm was gone and the sun was shining, so that's what I dove in to. Halfway in the sun was gone and the rest was painted from memory.

Other than paint on the steering wheel (hard to keep a rein on those brushes), it actually worked quite well painting in the car, which will come in handy when the weather is changing its mind every 5 minutes as it often does in the mountains. Felt great to finish #1 and get the ball rolling. 99 to go!

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  1. Wow, Liz, how ambitious! I don't know how you all do daily paintings and have they come out so wonderful! This is a lovely piece. No one would know you were fighting the steering wheel!

    Good luck with your goal. It will be fun watching your progress.

  2. Great start Liz. Unbelievable all the snow you guys got. I would have paint on everything but the board if I tried that in my car...ha!

  3. Lovely! We didn't get any snow here (Sooke) this winter, I missed it. I am looking forward to seeing your 100 paintings. You do such beautiful work. I have been working on some smaller paintings lately, some work and some don't. But it is freeing to just play around on a smaller canvas, esp when I know that not every one needs to have a signature...

  4. What a great beginning, looking forward to the next "99"!

  5. This is wonderful. What an inspiring project and a super first painting, steering wheel or no. Seeing each painting will be something to look forward to all day. The next 100 days are going to be really fun!

    I also look forward to your comments, I'm sure we will all learn a lot from both the work and the text.