Friday, October 1, 2010

October! Plein air



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Here's my entry for the October Artists helping Artists challenge.
Edit: Dont know what is going on with blogger but If you can't click on the image to get a bigger picture then here is a link to the bigger version.

Went out painting last sunday to give the new paint a workout. I thought it would be fun to do a painting of my painting buddy Cas. Decided to also try a smoother panel since a lot of painters seem to prefer a smooth surface to paint on.  I learned that I'm not one of those :)
Especially on the darker passages where you use thinner transparent paint it was hard to get to paint to stick to the surface. Did some additional tweaking at home.



on the job..

14 comments:

Amanda Jones said...

Terrific piece Erik, you have some great soft edges that give it a lovely atmospheric feel. I have had some trouble with smooth boards in the past, the paint really slips around. I now prefer stretched canvas it has a bit of tooth.

bricarwaller said...

Such a fun idea! I'm participating in the challenge also. So much fun to see everyone's take on the theme. Great painting and looking forward to seeing the upcoming months paintings.

Jesus Estevez said...

Good work Erik, you are good at soften the edges, the painting is got a lot of atmospheric values, I like it,what is this Artist helping Artist challenge.

Stan Hughes said...

This is fine art. What a challenge to paint outdoors and produce such a good looking pice of work.

Nancie Johnson said...

Like this one very much. As others have said, the atmospheric feeling is wonderful. Great piece for your October submission to the challenge.

Erik said...

Thanks for the comments everyone, I really enjoyed reading them. I've fixed the link of the picture, somehow I couldn't click through to get a bigger picture. Hope it's better now.

Amanda: Thanks, I really enjoy experimenting with edges. Stretched canvas is a great surface to paint on, especially 8x10 or bigger.

Carrie: Thank you! Going to check out your entry as soon as I finish this post. Looking forward to it!

Jesus: Thank you! Basically the challenge is that you do a painting each month, with the subject being that month. So for this month I could also have chosen Halloween or something else related to this month. The idea is that after you've participated 12 months that you can publish a calender. There is more info on the blog:
http://artistshelpingartistsblog.blogspot.com/p/monthly-painting-competition.html

Stan: Wow, that's a nice thing to say. Thank you very much. I did do some fixing in the studio but the experience of painting outside is invaluable.

Nancie: Thank you! I had fun doing this one.

Benoit Philippe said...

Very nice composition and colour harmonies. Benoit

Erik said...

Thank you Benoit!

Miriam Mas said...

I love your painting 'October Plein Air'. I can't stop looking ati it! Thanks for sharing.

Erik said...

Hi Miriam, thank you very much, I'm glad you like it.

Dusty Pines said...

wow - this is lovely! those beautiful rich greys, wonderful composition, & really active clouds are great! plus i always appreciate seeing plein air painters at work - need to keep trying it myself! thank you!

Erik said...

Thank you Dusty! And plein air is a lot of fun, especially when you're painting with a friend.

sam said...

Wow terrific Erik, such ebergy, it looks windy, that sky tells a story, very well done. Im not s fan of smooth surfaces, I know some artists go to great lengths to have super smooth canvas, or board but doesnt work for me

Erik said...

Hi Sam, thanks very much! Not a fan f smooth surfaces myself, but I guess it also depends on the paint consistency you prefer since more sticky paint will adher better to a smooth board.

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