These are the stages of a painting I am doing to prepare for  Waxahachie Plein Air: Paint Historic Waxahachie.

Steps 1-4
animated GIF of first few steps

Paint Historic Waxahachie!

It seems like I move all over the paper because at first the paint is stronger and wetter and I use that where needed until I notice it is about to turn toward dry-brush. The paper texture enhanced by the dry-brush works well with the bricks and stonework. I use lighter base colors allow me to start placing items into the painting, and I paint around white areas. I do not use full strength until the final details, which will set nicely on the background colors I am laying in now. When I look at this tomorrow, it will have faded a little and allow some minor adjustments to the layout.

I am a little concerned that I have lost the focal point of the statue during the middle phases, but am forging ahead to see if it I can get it back.
Practice for Plein Air Event in Waxahachie, TX
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5 thoughts on “Plein Air Practice

  1. I started this painting as a plein air project, but got so caught up in the details that I finished it at home. This changed my plein air strategy not to bite off more than I can chew. I am very happy with the finished painting, but I wanted to be up front about the studio work.

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