Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bear Creek


This is the largest plein air painting I've done. It measures 18" x 24" and is oil on canvas, mounted to birch, painted with a palette knife. I gessoed a few times, sanding between each coat. Then applied a wash of red and yellow ochre with turps, letting it dry before applying paint.

Not only was the size a challenge for me, but the wind kicked up a lot towards the end of the session, forcing me to hold onto the panel with both hands. I meant to take a lot of in-progress pics, but you know how that goes, I forgot after the first one.

18" x 24", o/c, palette knife

4 comments:

L.Holm said...

It's beautiful! Am so impressed you can paint in windy conditions. this is a lot of canvas to cover in one session!

Kim VanDerhoek said...

Beautiful painting Bill! I like how you captured the light filtering through the trees.

Bill Guffey said...

Hi Liz. It was a lkot of canvas to cover. My shoulders got more of a workout. And I learned I couldn't face my subject as I normally do. I had to turn it to the side or it blocked my view altogether.

Thanks.

Bill Guffey said...

Thanks Kim. That scene was so busy, with so many elements, that I had a hard time deciding what to put in and what to leave out. Glad you like it.