Last week I met an old CNET friend for lunch in Sausalito (@Fish), and since I had the morning open I brought my plein air kit to paint a bit.  I’ve been painting in my studio lately because my next “big goal” is to scale my work up.  Paining this reminded me of what I like about plein air painting: the immediacy, fresh, no-fuss impression. Keeps me loose. I suppose the best way to grow is to continue to mix plein air, ala prima and studio and try to find the right balance.

I am having a lot of trouble painting larger works. Technically, I have to get used to painting on dry (or semi-dry) surfaces, but mentally, it’s difficult for me to sustain the emotional energy I expend on small works.  Have you faced these kinds of challenges?  How have you made this transition?

Sausalito Harbor, Oil on Canvas, 8x10
Sausalito Harbor, Oil on Canvas, 8x10



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