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Thursday, July 1, 2010

100 plein air paintings in 100 days - #58/#59

#58 - "Summer Solstice"
Original Oil 8x6"

10/06/21 (8:30pm)
This painting was done in exactly the same spot as #57, just turned 45 degrees to the right. I was actually finished and packing up for the evening when I remembered discipline, and started looking around for something I could paint fast as there was about 45 minutes of light left. I really loved the soft evening light on the trees, so this was it. No drawing, just blocked it in quickly, wiped out the trees, and started painting in negative and positive shapes. I was just starting to put some branches on when Lily started acting weird (wildlife in the area weird), and I realized it was about 15 minutes from dark, so I called it a day.

#59 - "Above the Bow"
Original Oil 6x8"

10/06/24 (11:30am)
I really was compelled by the soft light filtering through the trees and sparkling off the river below in this one. Such a tricky scene to simplify, especially from branch level on the trees upward.

Someone recently emailed to ask, "I was wondering if you would comment on whether you will execute larger paintings in your studio from these studies, which ones, and why?"

I am planning a show with my gallery in Canmore,  The Avens Gallery, later this year that will be a collection of larger works inspired by this project. The show will run from December 9th to 19th, 2010. I will choose which pieces after the project is over, but there are a lot of factors that will dictate which ones, such as whether they will transfer well to a large canvas from a technical perspective (sometimes what's interesting on a small canvas becomes a whole lot of space to fill on a large one), how excited I am about a cerain idea, and how much of an impression a particular painting experience left on me.


  1. Oh...the light is so warm and glowing - these remind me of Maxfield Parrish a bit. Lovely.

  2. What pretty light in these paintings--wow!

  3. Beautiful paintings Liz. Still admiring your dedication!!

  4. Thanks girls! Funny, I lost the light in both of these early on, I think all the practice may be finally developing a bit of visual memory.

    Carol, what I'm finding about dedication is that it's required to talk myself in to getting out there each time, but once I'm out in the field painting, it's such a cool thing to be doing. I'm finding painting from life to be a multi-dimensional experience that keeps getting richer and richer.

  5. Okay, now THESE are my favorites, or do I say that with each comment? The light in both is a real sight to behold, so, so well done. Looks like that visual memory is in overdrive!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing this journey with us. I have been watching quietly from the sidelines but have to pitch in here and say how much i've enjoyed seeing these paintings unfold. I was gobsmacked when i saw these two recent ones. The light in both is simply brilliant especially in "Above the Bow".

  7. Wonderful light in these, you have a quorum on that.

    I know what you mean about field painting, I don't want to pain inside any more! It just feels great to be outside, and I know in December I will be missing these wonderful long days. Here's to the next 41 paintings!

  8. These are beautiful, Liz. I can really see you developing in style with every painting. The light and colours in this are spot on. Well done!

  9. Thanks for your great feedback guys, and thanks for following!