A painting start 9x12, oil- morning in the yard of our hosts. How do you catch glory? Each day had a sunny promise. An outdoor painter learns a way of paring down the scene to arrive at the essence of what we see ( or so we hope).
Around 2 or 3 one afternoon found me facing the golden soybeans, a grain storage facility, and the railroad track in the distance.This is mid stage Soybeans 12x16, oil on linen panel. I'm standing in the shade for two reasons. I must wear sunglasses, which changes the values ( how dark my eyes read the scene). It also is an easy way to keep the sun off the canvas while painting. That would also change the outcome of values. I saw subtleties of color - violet, sandy browns and silvery greens harmonizing with the almost white dirt road. The finished version shows a little of a turquoise metal building in the trees.
Another morning with one of the group of painters. They scouted this irresistable scene. The time is about 7 in the morning, so we had dressed and had a minimal breakfast before getting here. Cotton was planted in the discance. In about an hour I had painted to this stage:12x16, Cotton Valley, oil on linen panel, $525 framed in soft silver.
The mountain ridge behind the distant trees glowed with a beautiful blue. That's what caught my eye. Warming the sky with light red set it off, and it doesn't show well in this photo. Minor tweaking improved it when I viewed it off the easel.