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    Plein Air stuff

    Here are a few of my plein air pieces. These are generally small (8x10 - 16x20) painted on location as demos for my class and take an hour or so. Just thought I'd share!


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    Great work, thanks for posting your plein airs. The last one really works nicely great sense of light.

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    Hey thanks! I checked out your website - nice work - I really like "Cherry St. Plant" (vertical). You'd probably dig Joe Paquet's stuff: http://www.joepaquet.com/

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    As "finished works" I don't like them... But that's the thing about plein air. As "on site speed paints" they are really good, and capture light color and shape really well. One could take these back to the studio and use them as reference to create "finished paintings" with greater realism, that might evoke (in me, at least) a greater emotional response and sense of recognition.

    btw, I just checked out that Joe Paquet site and I like the landscapes. I think the ones I saw there do a better job looking "finished" enough to evoke the emotion/recognition response from me than the speedies you have here. It's maybe just a personal preference of mine. I dig Thomas Kinkade's cities and cottages, but I never liked his plein air stuff at all. I see that as merely practice/data acquisition to do the more finished pieces later on.
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    These are gorgeous, Jeff, especially the second one! Do you have a website or something where I could see more of your work? Couldn't find anything on your profile.

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    Beautiful! I'm a big fan of number 4. Number 3 looks like it lost out on a bit of contrast.

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    Hey thanks Sidharth! Nice to get the positive feedback - not many people around here even bother looking at this stuff. I just transitioned my website over to my contemporary aluminum work this last summer so I don't have a good venue for my plein air work any longer. I have a bunch up on my facebook though - here's a link: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...&id=1545679150 I think you can check it out without being on fb.

    Thanks again man! Check out my buddy dpaint's stuff as well - we're both from the Bay Area originally.

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    Thanks Gumpshmee! Number four is one of my favorite places on earth - a little mountain meadow valley called Humbug Valley - that's Yellow Creek in the scene.
    Hey you're from one of my favorite cities! I love Vancouver.

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    I can tell that you live in a beautiful area. We're having a warm winter here in Vancouver So there's still plenty of green without a snowflake in sight.

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    Yeah - there's a lot of variety around me which I like. I'm in far Northern California - most of those paintings are right around my neighborhood.

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    Hey, great work. Im wondering what would happend if you use less white and more diluted color for brighter areas, like watercolor principle. I found that white reducing color intesity.

    Sure you will ahve less impasto, wich I like on your works, but maybe you can do both

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    Thanks for the comment. Yeah - using too much white is often an amateur problem as they try to raise the value of the lights by adding white - which definitely kills the color and makes things look "chalky". The key is to adjust the rest of your values down so that you can still maintain rich color in the lights. The .jpg shots are hard to balance out exactly and monitors are all pretty different so it can be hard to say if it is accurate on your monitor. But yes, always best to keep white very much under control.
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    Great stuff, thanks for sharing those. Especially like the 4th!
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    These are really good man, and I especially like the fifth one. Keep up the good work.

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    Thanks krel - I'll try to post a few more soon - I used to do a few hundred a year but have been slacking lately!

    Thanks also Jeremy - I appreciate the comment. I'll try to get some new stuff posted!
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