Third on First Street
8" x 10"
Sometimes, I feel like I've hit a wall with my paintings. I visualize what I want in my head but it's another thing to bring that vision to canvas. This painting was done to get myself to paint outside the box and push my technique. I wasn't interested in painting another pretty picture. This painting was done to explore technique, push style and skill level and practice for future paintings. I wanted to capture color values, use bigger brushes and not get bogged down in details. And work faster because light changes quickly when painting outside. I was attracted to the pinkish-orange color of the building and the dark shadow thrown by the wall. The soft shadow of a palm tree on the wall was actually just outside this paintings window. Moved it over to add interest to the wall... I can do that because I'm an artist! A plein air painting doesn't have to be a photographic snapshot of a place. It can be an impression, a collection of light patterns, colors, bits of architecture, wind blown wisps of trees, and moving shadows. A feeling of time well spent splashing paint on canvas. Something learned from this painting will enhance the next.