I came away with a clear step-by-step process for creating landscape paintings Before this class, I would go into the field, set up my easel, and hope for the best. Using this procedure, I have a better chance of actually producing something decent. And I generated alot of sketchbook ideas for later use, too.
The process starts with finding ideas in the field. No photos or drawing at this point, just spending time looking around and connecting. Next, some of the stronger ideas are converted into plein air graphite thumbnails. This is the stage where objects and values are invented or moved around to support the composition. Next, with the thumbnail for guidance, the scene is painted en plein air. This oil sketch and memory are used to create the final studio piece.
Below are a few plein air sketches from the class, along with the original thumbnails. Not masterworks, but better than my earlier attempt (here).
|Ramona Grasslands II, 9x12", oil on linen|
Here's one more effort. First, the oil sketch...
|Ramona Grasslands III, 9x12", oil on linen|
And the original thumbnail...
With this procedure in place, I'm more optimistic when I go out in the field. And I expect the process will enhance my portrait work, too. All good.