I decided to forge ahead using my 16 x 12 plein air original. I've included it at the bottom of this post.
I chose a 24"x36" canvas that had an old, very bad acrylic painting on it. Several weeks ago I had covered the canvas with a wash of white oil paint so it was handy and ready to go. Just as I had done with the plien air painting, I started with a red / orange tone of middle value and then started to sketch directly with the brush.
|Morning on the Mendocino Coast Oil on Canvas 24" x 36"|
This painting really "flowed" for me. I covered the entire canvas with basic form and color during the first session of about 2 hours. I felt like I was doing a plein air painting again, quick decisions, rapid coverage, broad shapes. It just felt like I knew what the next step, the next color would be, maybe because I had already done the painting in plein air. This was a fun painting and I looked forward to each session to add a bit more. It's interesting how different the paintings are...the newer studio version is really done from memory, with only the original plein air painting to help. (I've noticed that this picture is clipped when displayed on the Blog page. If you click on the picture, you'll get a larger, complete version. Wish I knew why that happens.)
Here's my "model"....