|Dusk At...Dock- Plein Air Oil- K.Hitt Copyright All Rights|
This first, done the last time VPA visited this wonderful property that's owner kindly shares with us. Last Saturday, had the luxury of sitting out at the end of the dock once again, under my umbrella listening to the sound of jumping fish as tried once again to capture the view. These Mangroves so intrigue me... and how the water moves in and out with the tide.
|Low Tides Calm- Plein Air Oil- K. Hitt Copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved|
I have two little post-its that always hang next to my easel in the studio.
One post-it: Sargent's 5 types of light; 1. light 2. shadow 3. midtone 4. accent (can either be darkest or lightest) 5. reflective.
The other post-it: John Carlson 4 types of light, lightest to darkest; 1. Sky 2. ground plane 3. slanted planes 4. uprights.
As many artist in history depicted the same subject more than once. We too can take our lessons from the 'Masters' ...Monet for example with his Haystacks, or Cathedral. Review them for yourself. The effects of light on a scene... at different times of the day, so cast it into a different view completely. If you enjoy painting... allow yourself the luxury too of capturing a scene from life. Photography is an excellent tool for reference indeed, but nothing can match learning to capture the effect of light from life. Same location, different view? Try the exercise yourself perhaps... either do a sketch or painting from a photograph, then try to do the same location from life. Or perhaps, as here, two different times of the day at the same location. How has the view changed before you? If a full landscape is overwhelming to start... perhaps a simple still life is a better place to begin. The key is to give yourself the luxury of live observation and trying to depict it. There is much to be learned there, that can not be learned any other way.
I look forward to getting to start my painting week once again en plein air with VPA monday morning out and about. So thankful that we never stop learning... and I so look forward to what I have to learn next.
May it be an UP day! Paint away! K