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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Gregory Smith solo exhibition, Plain Air Oil Painting

In the morning I drove to Victorian Artists Society in East Melbourne. 

I was planning to go have a look at Greg's exhibition after doing a painting in the area. By chance, I saw him walking across the street. I told him about my plan. Then he suggested that I should paint from a balcony of the building. What an amazing idea!

I set up my easel here, looking towards City. 

It was cloudy at first, but the sky started to open up later. Greg gave me some tips, waiting for the effect of light to show up. I had to change the painting dramatically to capture the light. It was hard, but, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a privilege. 
I spent 2.5 hours. 

Oil on canvas. 14x18 in. 

Well, what can I say? The exhibition is splendid. There're more than hundreds of highest quality of works in this historical place. I bumped into familiar faces, that was very nice. 
Looking at his paintings very closely and from a far, there are so many things I've learned. It really was a visual feast. I can't get enough of it. 

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