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Saturday, May 22, 2010

100 plein air paintings in 100 days - #22/#23

#22 - "Bow River Shoreline"
Original Oil 6x8"

10/05/08 (5:30 pm)
This was painted about a half hour after #21 - same gray day. This time I used it as an opportunity to work on design, I really love the composition of this scene, and the thin underpainted background with only brushstrokes to suggest detail. Linen is such a great surface for this kind of passage due to its irregular weave.

#23 - "May Snow in the Alpine"
Original Oil 6x8"

10/05/09 (7pm)
Brrrrrr!! Again, but really cold this time! Down coat, hat, gloves, jumping jacks. Lots of them...but I was stoked to have another opportunity to paint snow in the peaks before summer gets here.

On another note: Someone emailed to ask how I hold my panel when I'm painting in the car. On the sidebar to the right there is a link to 'my favourite pochade box', and it really is! For numerous reasons. Outdoors the box mounts on my tripod, but when painting in my car it easily sits on my lap.

I have painted from the driver's seat, the passenger seat and the back with the hatch open, all have varying degrees of discomfort and cramped quarters, but when I'm tired of being COLD or holding on to my easel while painting to keep it from blowing away, it's worth the trade off. Someone else asked how I keep my car clean. Sometimes the brushes get away on me, but I try to catch it and get stuff wiped before it dries. I'm sure eventually it will look like everything else in my life - unequivocal evidence that paint's been flying. :)


  1. Yum! I hope everyone is clicking on the paintings to see the larger versions. Gorgeous white capped mountains and purple and blue sky, even on the larger version I'm not sure how you did it. And the simple wash background is so effective on "Bow River Shoreline". I love both of these.

  2. Liz, congratulations on your determination to do 100 plein air paintings in 100 days? and in all kinds of weather and conditions. Enjoy seeing your area thru your eyes. Also like to read about the tools or techniques you used to achieve your goals. Love these paintings and especially the ones showing distance that are done via warm against cool. Continued succes to you. Ruth

  3. Beautiful paintings. Just beautiful. Have you mentioned previously why you chose the 6 x 8 size of canvas?

    Liz, a lady in Tucson gave me a bar of Fels-Naptha soap and it takes oil paint out of absolutely everything even when it is dry. Made by the Dial Corp in Scottsdale.

    Verna :-)

  4. HI Verna - I chose 6x8" because the goal was to spend a maximum of 2 hours per painting (otherwise the light has changed so significantly it's a different scene), and I have a really hard time working that fast, even on 6x8. My average time so far (just finished #37) is 90 minutes, and I veer over that much more often than under it.

  5. you rock and the paintings are beautiful. I love how blogging gets us into pushing ourselves.
    SNOW in MAY?? Whoa!!