When I was in Paris I did some quick sketches in the market and took several photos. It is as difficult as it seems. Market umbrellas would go up and down. Vendors would switch out displays. People would stop to chat. So it seemed I got nothing accomplished. Yet, when I got home, I could look at my sketches, look at my photos, remember those days, and pull together a small, loose market scene.
Paris Market, oil, 12×16, ©Chris Willey
This is the second attempt. I went plein air painting with MVIS last Saturday. I had a great learning day. It had been awhile since I had been out, and there is always a re-learning curve for me. I forgot a few basics in my packing supplies. And I forgot a few basics in painting. I usually do a thumbnail to work out the composition. I didn’t do that. I usually ask myself what it is I’m attracted to. I thought I was interested in the sandbars, and the Kansas City skyline, but as I painted I became more interested in the industrial area. I left Kaw Point liking the paint quality and parts of the painting. I left feeling like I had learned some new things. So I went home, and did it again, while I could still FEEL the day and light. This is the second attempt. It is the same size as my plein air, same paint quality as my plein air, but it is NOT a plein air. And I could not have done this without the plein air. Plein airs don’t always work. Many artists give up because there are so many bad paintings to be made in front of people. But that is how you get to the good paintings. That is one reason why we plein air.
Kaw Point River Front Park, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey
On the web, these look the same size, when in reality, the first is a small oil sketch, and the second is the larger studio piece. The midwest offers beautiful, vast vistas of rolling hills and skies (once you can get out of the vast suburbs).
Cumulus Sketch, oil, 12×12, ©Chris Willey
Cumulus Clouds, oil, 36×36, ©Chris Willey
While visiting my sister in Lincoln, NE, I ran across this beautiful soy field. It was just changing over to pinks, yellows and greens
October Soy Field, oil, 12×12, ©Chris Willey
3 days of painting. 6 paintings. 5 with potential. 2 completed. Not bad.
Indians at the Nelson, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey
Urban Marsh, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey