This was painted in a parking lot near a busy boat launch earlier this fall. Between my location and the scene were a railroad, a freeway, along with the busy boat launch. I worked on the ridgeline on location and roughed in the rest of the picture. Then the boat launch became busy as the boats started coming in from fishing. I went home and finished in the studio.
Below is a comment by one of my pastel painter friends. She lives in Sweden, and although we have never met in person we share a common passion for painting. Here is her comment:
Donna, it is so enjoyable, educative, and informative to see your PAs together with a photo of the spot. I learn so much about finding interesting views. Some spots look, well, bland, but the paintings you do of them are gorgeous!
Working plein air (PA) teaches me to paint what I feel, rather than copy nature. Painting from a photo tends to teach me to copy. While in nature you are surrounded by things, sounds, scents, and movement, the influences I am not able to experience from a photo. Then taking that experience back to the studio is the goal.
I would be interested to hear from other artists on the merits of plein air painting.