Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Studio Tweaks + Opening Reception

As much as I liked the big painting of lupines I did the other day, I felt the road needed some adjustment. For one, there were some brighter areas along the edge, right under the lupines, that should have been darker. The contrast was too great and pulling the eye. Also, the road itself need a little darkening and a little less texture. I scraped down most of the road and repainted it. Does this painting still qualify as plein air? Sure it does! I went out a second time in the afternoon to look at the scene and observe before going back to the studio.

Here is the finished one:

"Friar's Head Lupines III" 18x24, oil - SOLD

followed by the earlier version:

By the way, this weekend is Plein Air Painters of the Bay of Fundy's annual paintout. Eleven of us will be painting in and around Saint John, New Brunswick. Saint John is a port city in the Canadian Maritimes and features historic buildings and nice parks. The work created during the weekend will go to the Saint John Arts Centre, where it will be on display from June 23-September 4. We'll have an opening reception where you can meet the artists on Friday, June 25th, at 5:30. If you're in the area, come join us!


Unknown said...

Oh, this is just SO COOL, Michael. The logo, the photo, the videos, the You Tube. I LOVE it all!!!

Michael Chesley Johnson, Artist / Writer said...

Thank you!