|12 X 16 oil on board "Old Saunders Barn"|
My old mentor, Greg Olsen, was right when he said that until you do something, you won't know what real questions to ask or know what it is that you really want. I've painted several Plein Air paintings and I'm just now beginning to understand what it is that I really want from them. Up until now, I've been going out and just, "thoughtless[ly] copying". Even in my most recent experience, I jumped in and started noodling to early (to noodle is to use a liner brush to make small excessive details).
I have learned that I need to take a little more time before I start, think about what I want my main focus to be and lay as much of the painting out in my mind as possible. In essence, I am presetting my goals for the painting, even before I apply the first stroke of color. Then, as the painting progresses, not losing sight of my original goal. With that in mind, I hope to take a little time to determine my end goal for the painting and work to hold to it. My plan is to do another painting of this same farm, from a different angle. I would like to express my thanks to the owners of the property who have generously allowed me access in my endeavors.