Plein Air Painting in the Rogue Valley
May 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
We are having a gray wet spring this year. I tried to take advantage of what was supposed to be a partly cloudy day and made plans with artist Ilene Gienger to go plein air painting a couple weeks ago. The break in the clouds lasted about 15 minutes – so it goes. At least it didn’t rain. Ilene is primarily a pastel portrait and genre scene artist. This was our first time out together, we made a good team. I had already chosen a location. If we work together again, the location will be her choice.
I had a commission to work on – of an unusual size – 5 inches x 22 inches. My client and I had actually gone out driving around and found this amazing vacant field – unfenced – with 360 degrees of paintable landscape. I settled on the factory – mill in the distance with a view of Wagner Butte, Mt Ashland, some good power lines.
I was in the zone that day and I’m super happy with the piece. – I was on pins and needles until the client saw the piece though – I never know what people will think. So far I haven’t had anyone reject or act disappointed with a commissioned piece, but if a person does a lot of them eventually it will happen….? Anyway, Yay – the client loves it and so the painting has found a happy home.
Detail of a tiny little building on the left hand side.
Detail of some very fine and distant power lines and traffic lights.