Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Plein Air (and forgot to bring white!)

                                                                         Acrylic Plein Air, 8x8"

Yes, lesson learned--I forgot my white wasn't with my paints when I threw them in the car last night! Even though I was only 10 minutes from home, the light was getting good, so I didn't want to go back for the white. I decided to dull down some pthalo blue and use it transparently (washy, with lots of water)  for the sky and mountain. I know, scary color, pthalo, but these are the Blue Ridge Mountains, so I hoped the dulled pthalo could get away with it.   Anyway, it was the only option I could think of!

Perhaps lesson learned for me is to use less white. I tend to have difficulty with white anyway. I know abandoning white wouldn't always work...that hill wasn't really that dark of an orange, it was actually much lighter with a slight suggestion of orange, so I went with it. I know substituting colors won't always work in place of white, but seriously, I think having to do without it showed me that I can try to reduce my use of it.

I also forgot my paper towel, and I truly cannot paint without it...but luckily I had done a cat rescue transport recently, so I had a clean "puppy pad" that stood in for the paper towel.

Did any of my friends paint plein air today?

Thanks for looking!


12 comments:

carol edan said...

You did fine with the blues!!! White does make colors chalky.... what a wonderful view and just 10 minutes from Home....!!! In oils you can saturate with grays...medium or lights

ME said...

So nice to see another landscape! Very clever solution to not having white paint to use and it really worked well in my opinion. You've always been a "thinker".
Love,
ME

Mary Maupin said...

Very nice! Looks like you didn't need white.

Sharon L. Graves said...

love this. I love the colors and the sky is super looking. Seems like we can never remember everything.

Cathy Engberg said...

Wow! What a great painting and you didn't even have white! I think that is a valuable lesson and I should try that too. I like the strong color you used in the foreground. Turned out really well.

Haven't been plein air painting in weeks. Its been rainy this week but is supposed to clear tomorrow. I'm hoping to get out then.

Meredith Adler said...

Thanks, everyone! I was happy with this one. I do think I learned a lot and will probably try to do my skies like this in the future. It helped me to overpaint the mountain part quickly without having to worry about the darker areas blending with thick white paint. And I will try to hold off on white until I know I really need it.

I appreciate your comments so much...

Susan said...

Love the composition. And great sky there...the things we learn.

Meredith Adler said...

Thanks, Susan and I know what you mean...the great teacher of experience! Or necessity...

Barbara Pask said...

You did a great job without white. Love the clean colors. Even though you didn't mean to do it I think it's a great exercise.

Meredith Adler said...

Thank you, Barbara, that means a lot to me...and yes, great exercise!!

Marcia said...

I Meredith, I have been a way for a while because my husband had quadruple bypass surgery and I have been his nurse:) thankfully he is doing well. I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful painting this is and I love the omission of white. I am trying to use less and less as well. Keep painting! You are a great artist!
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Meredith Adler said...

Oh, goodness Marcia...thank you for filling me in. I am so glad your husband is doing well! Thank you for your wonderful comments, and I will send you an email, too...thinking of you.

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