Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Open air technique in the studio

"Below The Falls" acrylic on masonite 20" x 16"

Below The Falls, somewhat real, somewhat imaginary. I painted this from photo reference, mostly as an experiment, to see the differences compaired to en plein air. I used very large brushes for most of this painting, and painted it in en plein air technique. I am very happy with the results, and the energy in this I will be painting more in this style. See close-up detail below, to get an idea of the fun and enjoyment I had making this painting.

"Below The Falls" DETAIL

Here you can see the energy in the brushwork, the en plein air style brushstrokes and colour. I use mostly straight strokes everywhere, and I paint directly to the pre-drawing...this painting evolves directly from my brush, and the faster I painted, the more control I seemed to have.

I really enjoy making paintings that look quite real at about 6 feet back and when viewed up close, you see the heavy brushwork.


Ed Terpening said...

Good composition, brushwork, although the tree leaving inward is a bit
awkward. The composition is placed on third both vertically and horozontally, which makes for nice placement.

Bart said...

Hi Rob! Nice to see your blog(s),
which I found via Ed's blog.
I feel that painting outside teaches me a lot. For me it is the more or less uncontrolled situation that makes me "break my own habits".
I benefit ( I think :-) ) from the things learned in the indoors works.
I like the quiet mood of this painting a lot.

Rob Mackintosh said...

After visiting your blog Ed, I now know that I can and should adjust the landscape to my liking. That wind swept tree is a natural occurance, as a result of fall and winter winds...and especially seen in vegetation that is growing on rugged Canadian Shield rock formations. I do agree, and could have painted it straighter, because it commands a lot of attention from the bent shape.

Rob Mackintosh said...

Thanks Bart, I too can't believe the lessons I am being taught from painting outdoors. It's like everyting you've been shown or read is now realized, and I hear my inner voice saying "wow" a lot.

amber said...

Wow very impressive i'd love to be able to do plein air .but my subject of choice doesn't easily allow for this
I think that what you do is probably the most challenging
Nice to meet a fellow canadian

Lesley said...

You paint water beautifully.

Rob Mackintosh said...

Thanks Lesley, actually the water is so easy to do with's simpiler than it looks. It will be a blog topic of it's own here soon.