On Location Vs. In Studio Plein Air Paintings
I’ve been painting en plein air (painting outside) and sometimes touching my sketches and paintings again in the studio but sometimes not! I thought it would be fun to show a comparison before and after and get feedback about what you all prefer.
Painting outside is tricky because sometimes the super bright light washed the colour from the painting while I am working on it and I keep thinking “darker, brighter!” but then when I get it home it’s SO DARK, yikes! Also time constraints mean sometimes entire sections of the painting are just a large brush stroke or scribble. But on the flip side, the gleeful and spontaneous brushwork can get lost once I start going over things, and sometimes I think afterwards that I should have just left it alone. I guess that’s the struggle of all art really, knowing when to stop!
In this case, I thought some parts of the painting were confusing and I wanted to fix them or remove them. In the actual scene/plein air painting there was a rock in the water where the river bends with another rock going over from the left edge of the river like a bridge. I ended up thinking that whole thing was confusing as heck to look at so I just turned the bridge rock into a giant normal rock in the studio. I also added details to the plants as I remembered them and I removed some of the yellow from the background trees so the scene would pop more and also have more depth.
But now that I look at the original painting, I do still like some parts of it. Ahhh, I don’t know, what do you all think? Should I have left it alone?