Back from my “Rocky Mountain High“, I’ve started evaluating the hundreds of reference photos I took and planning some studio paintings. Yes, Plein Air painters painting in the studio too: I use reference photos and color studies from the field to do larger works in the comfort of home.

I’m happy with this one. I’m not sure the trees on the right recede enough…what do you think? I learned a lot about painting the sky from Ovanes Berberian, and I used his wash technique here for my underpainting. The drama of Colorado sky is strong and since I love to paint skies so much, I think I should come up with a good series of paintings in the coming months.

I need to complete some paintings for the “preview show” of the San Luis Obispo Plein Air competition, first week of October. Yikes, yet another week long plein air adventure coming up! Should be fun. I met a number of fun artists at Estes Park Plein Air, and since I know SLO pretty well, we’re going to paint together. I think I’ll also suggest some dinner-hour critiques…of course this blog will still serve as a critical feedback mechanism too. Thanks again to all my readers for helping with Estes! I’m still pinching myself, getting over the Directors Choice Award.

Coloroda Sky & Pines, Estes Park, CO

Rocky Mountain Sky – Oil on Linen – 11×14

Oh, and this is my 200th blog post! Yahoo!


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