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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Plein Air Oil Painting

I went back to Malmsbury Botanic Gardens. This place has become one of my favourite painting locations. 
I got there around 10:30 am, and decided to paint this wooden bridge.

I spent about three hours on this one. Trees are always a big challenge. There were so much going on, and it's always very difficult to get tonal values right. 
It was a very good subject for studying the effect of light on trees.

 Oil on panel. 16 x 20 in.

After lunch, I moved to this railway viaduct. This thing is always just stunning to look at.
I changed a position a bit from the last painting of the same subject I did last week.

Because I started around 3 pm, the right side of the foundation started to catch the light. I saw Greg paying a particular attention to this effect, so I tried to do that myself.

Again, I spent three hours on this one. That's the maximum I decided to spend painting outdoors.
I'm reasonably happy with this one. I think I'm getting better painting water. It's a matter of careful observation. But, that's easier said than done.
The tree at the left corner, I think I should have left it out. It doesn't seem to be doing anything. I need to ask Greg.

With two big paintings, I'm a bit tired now, but, I feel really great.
It was a beautiful day.

Oil on panel. 16 x 20 in.

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