Clean color and correct values allows me to complete a small oil sketch, en plein air, within forty five minutes. Color Wheel Five helps to keep my colors clean, especially the neutrals.

Pine Tree 10am oil sketch

Painting en plein air forces simplicity of shapes and quick color choices.  The light changes rapidly, shadows move.  Sometimes it feels as if I’m painting inside a kaleidoscope.   I like that sense of movement.  It forces me to look to my painting for strong patterns rather than attempt to capture the ever-changing reality in front of me.  Nothing is perfect.  There is only the opportunity to paint it better next time.

Oil sketch on gessoed birch panel.

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