Sunday, March 3, 2013

Across the river

Title-Across the river
Medium-Oil on Board

Arriving home today I had a sudden urge to do a painting en plein air (French expression which means to paint out of doors). Grabbing my studio bedroom easel, and my box of paints , I carried them to the bottom of our garden.After adjusting my easel on the sloping ground,clamping my board,and squeezing some paint onto my palette I started painting the clouds.

It was actually the clouds that had caught my eye in the first place. Painting clouds turned out to be a little challenging since they were moving,and changing colors.I found myself mixing color as fast as possible and trying to complete a cloud before it change into something else.I think I now know why many of the plein air painters are impressionists,since it is not that easy to be a realist when everything around you is moving and changing including the light.

I would love to do some more plein air paintings, and if I do managed to create some sort of habit out of it,I will have to purchase a more suitable easel.

While I was writing this I realized that unlike our predecessors we are living in an age of technology.Using tools such as cameras,art projectors,and computers,artists are now able to create art more quickly and easier.However dependency on these tools could rob the artist of developing important skills such as drawing .

It is easy to reason, why paint out of doors when it is easier to paint in the comfort of a studio from a photo.Although I don't have anything against painting from photos,I have found that there are some things that you can fail to capture.For example photos sometimes fail to accurately portray the correct colors,and light.On the other hand painting  plein air can only improve your skills of observation and drawing.
The other benefit of painting out of doors is the connection with the subject,and the enjoyment of nature.

What do you think, is the traditional way of creating art disappearing ? Does it matter the method you use to produce your art? 


Olga Díaz said...

Da gusto verte en plena naturaleza, felicidades por todos y cada uno de tus trabajos, son muy buenos.

Jerry Stocks said...

This is such a beautiful painting.

Randall Cogburn said...

I think it's even stronger today. I teach plein air painting and people do enjoy getting out there and painting. Some areas you'll actually run into some other painting which is always interesting and fun.

When I started drawing and painting I did it outdoors since I could see the colors better and also it was fun. Have fun, keep painting Roger!!


Roger Brown My Botswana Art said...

Thanks Olga,Jerry and Randall,for your comments.It is good to hear that many still enjoy plein air painting,wish I had more time to do it.

Art with Liz said...

This is a great plein air painting Roger! And well done on all your recent sales - makes it all worthwhile doesn't it!

Celia Blanco said...

Great work, the clouds are magnificent! Nice post and thank you for sharing your photos from the field.
I enjoy painting from life more and think you can't match it to working from a photograph. The colors and shadows are never the same.