Monday, September 4, 2017

Amana Fresh Paint Event 2017

This weekend I participated in Catiris Art Oasis Fresh Paint event. 
Depending on the light this painting will look different. This image was taken outside, while it was displayed inside under low lighting it appeared much darker. It did make me question my perspective on color and light.
9" x 12" oil on panel

View from the parking lot.
This was my first painting late in the afternoon at the Amana Colonies golf course. We were discussing the problem of a lot of green when painting golf courses. I guess this was a good warmup.
12" x 9" oil on panel

Amana Society Cows
I sketched this out first to determine the location of the cattle. I had a good view of the pasture so that I could pick one from somewhere else and plant it under the trees after they had moved on. 

You will have to excuse the change in lighting. This is the final where I took out the cow in front and added the faint hint of a cow back behind the trees. I also changed the trees some. Again these images were taken with outside lighting.
14" x 11" oil on panel

Once I turned in my entries for the main event, it was time for some fun low pressure painting. Thanks to John Preston for sharing the location of this gem. I had at least 3 hours to kill and a small 8" x 10" panel to paint on. I could even make up my own sky color on this one. Although when I finished it I got back in town too late to comfortably participate in the quick paint.
Plein air competitions can be stressful especially the quick paint . Brian Parr finished smoking his cigar before starting 15 minutes after the horn. That year he won the quick paint. At a prior event I started 15 minutes late and the painting sold. One of the painters told me about being harassed and she still turned out a very nice painting. That is painting under pressure.
10" x 8" oil on panel


  1. At first the subject matter of the dilapidated barn didn't strike a chord with me but after looking at it for a little while I'm really loving all of the geometric shapes inside of it.

    1. I don't usually paint buildings. This is different, don't worry about perspective just needed a suggestion of open rafters and beams with rectangles and triangles.

  2. The loop composition in that golf course picture is fascinating and unusual. It seems to pull your eye out from the rear of the picture and then back into it.

    1. There looked like a lot of good spots along the cart paths as well. I thought about seeing if i could rent a cart.