studio underpaintingplein air underpainting
Plein air paintings serve many purposes. Many are beautiful pieces that hold on their own as "finished." Others are studies for bigger works. And still others can be both. Because of this I wanted to share one very important tip. Photograph your work in many stages. For me the most important stage is the underpainting. When you have these photos it makes it easy to go "back into your head" and begin to recreate the feeling you had out there in the field. I often take notes to remember how it felt and sounded when I was on site. When using my plein air pieces I have no real need for photos of the scene. Cool, eh?
This is a studio piece that is almost finished. It is at the "sit and wait" stage. Think, don't act. hmmmmm that is often the hardest part.