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Monday, June 28, 2010

100 plein air paintings in 100 days - #54/#55

#54 - "Rundle Patterns"
Original Oil 6x8"

10/06/20 (3:45pm)
I was captivated with the snow patterns on Mt. Rundle and this was the only vantage I could see them from, so I had to work with it. The middle ground trees were blocked in with transparent oxide red and it was my intention to cover them with a blued green, but in the end I really liked how the warm played off of the cooler violet mountain, so I left them as they were. I also felt this helped get the eye past the weight of the large, dark foreground trees, but mostly I just thought it was fun!

#55 - "Evening Light"
Original Oil 6x8"
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10/06/20 (8:30pm)
Sometimes time of day will dictate choice of subject, and in this case I chose the scene because I knew the light would linger on the high peaks long after it left the valley bottom where I was painting.

Today was also prime wildlife viewing! Both of the shots below were taken just before I started the first painting. If only they would hold still for an hour or so!

Big horn sheep - Lake Minnewanka Road. (click images to enlarge)


  1. Exquisite scenery, we Texans envy your surroundings!

  2. You've done it again, and as I said to myself "I want that one!" I noticed the lack of a click to bid link. Good for you, keeping some for future reference. They are both beautiful, but Rundle Patterns is really fabulous.

    Liz, you've got the best critters of anyone I know.

  3. your work is so amazing and you live in one of the most beautiful places on earth...I know, because I've been there.

  4. Beautiful mountain paintings, I love the shapes and colors. Very captivating subject. Love your work and style!

  5. Great photos of the bighorns--maybe they wanted to go for a cruise on the lake!
    I'm just getting started in plein air--when you block in, are you adding a medium to speed drying? I'm trying to figure out how you do that and still finish a painting quickly--unless the block in is drying quickly.

  6. Hi Urban Wild :-). I paint alla prima, putting wet paint on wet paint, and actually don't want the under layers dry. The trick is that the paint you put on in each subsequent layer has to be thicker than the paint it's going on top of, and you must use a really light touch to apply it.