Plein Air Painters of the Bluegrass had a nice turnout today at the Lexington horse farm of Yvonne Todd during the warmest day of the year. My goal was to find a tree or trees to practice my plein air painting.
The bonus was the dappled light that crossed in the foreground. The video shows the initial block-in with Indian Yellow (water mixable oil) that gives a nice glow to the finished painting.
I feel like I got the values right. The background line of shrubs was very dark. My greatest time was spent smoothing the edges and getting the foreground light and shadow to look right.
This is an example of continuing to practice what challenges me — trees. My teacher lays them in as three values of masses. I don’t try to paint every single leaf anymore. But I still see about 100 values in a tree.
Simplifying is what I am still trying to learn.
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