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Friday, May 7, 2010

100 plein air paintings in 100 days - #7

#7 - "The Fairholme Range"
Original Oil 6x8"

10/04/15 (6pm)
This was the second painting done this day (right after yesterday's post). I've been reading "John Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting" during this project - it has a wealth of great information about painting plein air, highly recommend it!

He says: "In landscape painting the thing that is of importance to artistic expression is the "landscape sense", a sense that makes us feel the weight of the mountain, feel the float of a cloud, feel the rhythmic reach of a tree, the hardness of stone. If we do not feel these things about a landscape, we miss one of its biggest qualities."  I considered this as I was painting this scene, as well as the stillness of the water and the softness of the late day light, and it really helped me to immerse myself in the experience of painting it.


  1. This is especially nice! I feel the dominance of the background mountains, that they are towering over the foreground. The reflection is beautiful and I like how the rock in the back is less defined than the rock in the foreground. A good lesson for us.

  2. So true - one of my teachers, the great Ray Kinstler, says that capturing the feeling is the main goal of any painting, whether a portrait or landscape. I need to haul out my copy of the Carlson book and start reviewing it!