Avalanche Cabin

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in Gallery, Plein Air | 0 comments

Avalanche Cabin

Another demo on location at Avalanche Ranch.  I started this one by wetting the paper – I actually took a butcher tray along and dipped the painting in water so it was well saturated.  Painting outside and especially in a dry climate like Colorado, your paper is going to dry pretty fast.  So I immediately started laying in juicy paint and worked pretty rapidly to get the soft effect I wanted.  As the paper began to dry, I could take my time putting in the details.  I worked on a quarter sheet size 11″ x 15″.  

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Avalanche Ranch Shadows

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in Gallery, Plein Air | 0 comments

Avalanche Ranch Shadows

This was one of my demos during the workshop at Avalanche Ranch in June.  I sketched the scene and then used a fine tip permanent marker to define and shape the scene.  It was smooth sailing to apply the watercolor over the pen and ink work.  This technique I use a lot for plein air painting.  Unless I am drawing a very complex scene with perspective involved – I just sketch with the pen and don’t draw it with pencil first.  You can make really fast thumbnail sketches this way and if you get a line wrong – who cares.  Keeps you disciplined to not spend a lot of time...

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My view in Ajijic

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Gallery, Plein Air | 0 comments

My view in Ajijic

Another painting done on location in Ajijic from the balcony of my room.  It shows the patio below and the view off in the distance.

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Breakfast in Ajijic

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Gallery, Plein Air | 0 comments

Breakfast in Ajijic

During my second visit to Ajijic, Mexico, I did this pen & ink, watercolor on location at the local hangout.  

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