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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

October Aspen Grove

"October Aspen Grove", oil on panel, 11x14"

I was working on a large plein air painting today. Large in this case means 18x36". It's a great size, but pretty much at the limit of what I can handle outside. I was hoping that I could finish it up with a second visit, but I ran out of light and will have to return. Funny - I keep forgetting to take a reference photo.

So I'm offering up one of the paintings from my Sierra trip earlier this month. I painted this in a meadow right off the highway, and throughout the day (I think I did two paintings at that location) there was a steady stream of folks piling out of their cars to take pictures of the foliage.


At 3:47 PM, Blogger Parapluie said...

Thanks for sharing this painting that is to me a celebration of the seasonal change - just bursting with shimmering aspen leaves - layers upon layers of vegetation and landscape reaching to the cooler lights of the background and sky. Even 11 x 14 is a small size for the content of this painting. It is a jewel.
This painting inspires me to paint smaller. It is small and not tight. Do you stand up while painting?

At 4:04 PM, Blogger Kris Shanks said...

Thanks for you kind comments. I do stand while painting. Here's a link to a photo of my plein air painting set up.

At 8:09 PM, Blogger Parapluie said...

The photo of your outdoor painting set up is very telling. Thanks.

At 1:58 PM, Blogger Parapluie said...

This morning before breakfast, I put together a set up basically like yours. Ate a good breakfast and then walked about my neighborhood and decided to paint a back lighted log cabin. I am happy with my first attempt but also feel more admiration for yours. I did resort to using a rag to smooth the texture in the background that was heavier than the foreground. I think rags are not what I am going to do if I can help it. There is so much more expression in brush work. I think my personal expression will be in part the way I tap my brush.


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