Saturday, October 4, 2014

Door to the Past - Plein Air painting in Locke CA.

 On this Saturday morning, I journeyed to the little Delta town of Locke.  It's been a while since I've been to Locke to paint, so it was good to spend a few hours there, see a few artist friends and paint for the morning.   By noon, the day was warming up considerably and I was noodling the painting, so I packed it up.

This is a 9" x 12" panel, which is a comfortable size for plein air work for me.  It's large enough to allow a little freedom, but small enough to handle in a short plein air session.  Even though I painted only for about two hours...perhaps even a little less...the shadows had changed considerably in that time. For most plein air scenes, that's probably as much time as you can spend without risking 'chasing the shadows'.

I love the looseness of this painting.   As I look at it now, I wonder if it couldn't benefit from some careful 'definition' to aide in modeling the structure, but doing that without a careful plan would risk messing up the loose I will leave it alone.

This painting captures some of the derelict feeling of Main Street in Locke.  It has a frozen in time feeling that I love so much.

Door to the Past   Locke CA   plein air oil on 9 x 12 canvas panel
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  1. Bruce, I am totally enjoying the loose brushwork in this painting. The color palette is warm and inviting. You have captured the feeling of Locke's main street. Good work!

    1. Hi Ruth...Locke is a favorite spot, as you know. I wish you were a little closer so we could paint together there!

  2. Very nice Bruce! I love all the soft edges and the warm palette.

    1. Thank you Stephanie! I do love that transparent oxide red by Rembrandt Oils! Maybe too much! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.