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Plein Air Beach Fog - 8x10

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I don't usually like to paint outdoors, but recently I've been venturing out more and more, just to get away from the sound of the freeway (and freeway construction!) that plagues my current studio. Standing in the sand on an empty beach beats a noisy studio any day. And I'm having fun getting loose with these plein air paintings, I have a vision of what I'm striving for them to look like (and...

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Plein Air Limited Palette - 5x7

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This is something I wanted to experiment with, I felt like I was bringing SO many different tubes of paint when I went out to paint.  So in this one I brought only the very basics (I even gave up my favorite green!) Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Ultramarine Blue, and Titanium White.  

Oil on canvas panel, 5x7 inches

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Sunset at the Bluffs - Carpinteria Plein Air Painting - 5x7

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You know what moves faster than me? The sun. Sunset scenes seem much harder than those at sunrise because not only does the light change, it disappears completely! 

Oil on panel, 5x7 inches 
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Green Field - Plein Air Oil Painting - 6x9

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I was SO happy to finally paint on a sunny day! I felt like my other plein air pieces looked a lot brighter and a lot more colorful (even for a cloudy day) when they were outside with me, and when I brought them inside they were so drab! 

I was determined that this painting would not be drab! And the result was very bright! I was also experimenting with some new colors I ordered. I don't know how I...

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Cloudy Day and Tree Abstraction - 6x6

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Last week I went out on several short plein air outings.  I hate painting on cloudy days but I went anyway....

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches
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I brought two panels with me, so I decided to have fun with the second one. There were trees to my left that had this amazing light that kept peeking through briefly while I was painting the first one. I knew I...

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