PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS
Plein air, or painting in the open air, has been a mainstay in my artwork since the late 1970's. Virtually every painting has its origin in the field as a small study. Although I use photography and sketches as well, these plein air studies are of incomparable value to me as color notations throughout the planning and painting process in the studio. Intangible elements such as seasonal variations, changing skies, the sounds of nature, the palpable sensations of temperature and humidity all lend inspiration and that "sense of place" to the finished works. Small in size and rapidly executed, they embody the immediate reaction to the subject. And, in the end, these studies are themselves cherished paintings, memories of days in the field.
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