Plein Air Sketch

A 11 x 14 oil on linen plein air sketch I painted this last weekend. I experimented and used a limited palette (Titanium white, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange, Bright Red, Ultramarine Blue). I used a bristle flat for most of the painting and switched to a palette knife at the end, mainly at the bottom of the front tree.

It was interesting, my easel leg collapsed and my palette loaded with paint flew off into a nearby pond. I wiped the water off after retrieving the palette and continued painting. I was rewarded with a visit from a small bunny, some chipmunks and a black and white cat. I rushed towards the end of the painting due to an impending storm. Plein air painting is way different than studio painting and has it's own challenges and rewards. Hope you enjoy this little record of my couple of hours in the great outdoors actually this is a scene near my house and it really wasn't the wilderness.

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I've been drawing and painting since I was in 4th grade. I now paint only in oil and mainly do landscapes. I am in a gallery in my local area and am looking to branch out. My favorite artists are Inness, Levitan, Edward Seago, Shishkin, Schmid, Fechin, Sorrolla, and Sargent. If you'd like to see more of my work, go to or