Can an artist succeed painting multiple subjects? I sure hope so, considering how I love to jump around and paint so many different genres. Animals, flowers, people, still life, and today a landscape. In August of 2013 our local plein air group painted at a lovely farm west of Eugene Oregon. After wandering around, absorbing all the beauty, this was what I finally settled down to paint—an overgrown shed. I chose it partly because it was just behind where I’d parked, and I could open the back of my car and work right there, but I was also attracted to the rusty shed roofs.
This first photo shows the watercolor background I started with. I’m painting on aprepared4×12 inch canvas.
Below shows where I stopped painting that day.
Today, I pulled out this piece and decided it was time to finish it. Being away from the site was helpful. Even though I did have photo references, I could study the painting and decide what it needed, rather than be wrapped up in the scene and feel like I had to be true to what I saw.