This was a difficult one for me to paint plein air. The rabbit moved often. I had to come back the next day to tweak it. I wiped the ears off and repainted them down flat to the body. This appears more natural. After painting the background I decided it needed more. It was then easier to add the rabbit to the left painting on the still wet background and make it recede. I did several sketches before and it did help me remember the shape after the rabbit moved to a different position.
12" x 9" oil on panel
Early morning at Lake Geode. This lake was drained last year. Heavy rains this spring helped raise it almost to the previous level. They are still working on it so there is a sign forbidding entry into the water.
Another one from Lake Geode
A pastel plein air painting. I committed to teaching a class to teenagers and needed to work on my pastel painting skills.
Another pastel painting.
Plein air painting from Steelville Plein air event.
I often drive on out of the way gravel roads hoping to find subject matter. This was one of those finds. A herd of cows with calves crossing a stream. I took several photo references and created these paintings in watercolor and oil. Some just studies and some studio paintings.
Another try at painting from photos. Plein air painting is the better but, when I see the Facebook posts of cars in the ditch I chicken out. To make up for that I try a composition that is challenging for me. This one will sit on my wall for me to think about it.
The Iowa Watercolor Society show is at the local art center in Fort Madison, Iowa for the month. I am posting some watercolors starting with one from 2006. I started with painting watercolors and it has been a great learning experience.
We had a lot of snow lately. Getting a painting while the snow was heavy on the evergreens required the tree to be viewed from my window. This is the best I could do since the streets were not plowed yet.
12" x 6" oil on panel
When the roads are clear I was able to get out and plein air paint.
12" x 9" oil on canvas panel
Plein air paintings gives you everything you need, the right light, the subtle shades of color, correct proportions and clear details. I put this together using summer photos of rabbits placed in a winter background. Just as I was getting ready to frame it I noticed that the rabbits need tracks in the snow, which I added to the rabbit in the upper right.
10" x 8" oil on canvas panel.
This is the rabbit from the previous post who needed some snow tracks. Next snow I need to plein air paint some rabbit tracks as I am not sure of these.
I did this study to warm up for a commission I have to paint chickens. I have not painted chickens much or even birds, so this was a good practice observing the details and form. One thing I missed at first is that they have drumsticks, notice the left leg on the one in front. A lot of birds that I have drawn in the past seem to just go from leg to body.