Studio Paintings

The process for a studio painting is obviously different than a field sketch.  Aside from being smaller, the outdoor paintings are more of a quick response to light, color and weather conditions.  For me, they have the attitude of learning and spontaneity, gathering information and exploring new areas to paint.  I’m also much more relaxed outside, I don’t really care if they are worth framing, they’re practice.  If I don’t have much time to paint a sunset, or the sun coming and going, I will just mix paint and forego the drawing, just respond to the color and light. Studio paintings for me are a whole different mind set.  It moves from quick response to focusing on composition.  I will use anything for inspiration; drawing, field sketches, photographs and imagination or a combination of all four.  While the field sketch is more responsive , the studio painting is more thought out and planned.

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