In my last post I asked the question “which one of these 4 paintings was done from a photo as opposed to en plein air?” (not an exact quote, but hey…). So here’s the answer: the painting with the cows!
When I finished touching up these paintings the other day, and had them all sitting out together, it struck me that even though 3 were done en plein air (on site), those 3 didn’t all look stylistically similar. I thought the barn looked like a studio painting, and the cows looked plein air. Look back at the paintings. Do you agree?
As I have painted plein air paintings I find that I paint more quickly, and with bolder brush strokes. The barn looks smoother and less spontaneous to me. I find it interesting also that I seem to have two styles. I wonder why this is? On the day I did the barn, (which is larger than the other 3) I wanted to do a “big sky” painting. I think because I’ve done a lot of those in the studio, it came out like that. That’s my theory anyway-it wasn’t conscious.
Regardless, I think I like them all, and I’ll continue to paint what comes out of me the way it comes out!