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Amanda Farquharson is a fine artist from Dundas, Ontario. Her work is cheerful, colourful, bright, and explores themes of nature, family, animals, and memory.

On Location Vs. In Studio Plein Air Paintings

On Location Vs. In Studio Plein Air Paintings

Rock Garden Study in Gouache  On the left: as it looked when I finished my time on location On the right: After about an hour of studio painting

Rock Garden Study in Gouache
On the left: as it looked when I finished my time on location
On the right: After about an hour of studio painting

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!

Rock Garden Study on location.

Rock Garden Study on location.

Rock Garden Study after touch ups in the studio.

Rock Garden Study after touch ups in the studio.

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?

New Landscape Paintings and Some Thoughts on Comparison

New Landscape Paintings and Some Thoughts on Comparison

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