This painting is part of the “Yadkin River Basin” series; six paintings all painted on location (in “plein air”) in fields near Winston-Salem, NC at end of summer and early fall. It is framed in a “floating” wood frame in a natural finish and ready to hang.
I love painting outside. There is something magical about feeling the sun on your face, a cool breeze on your arm, and the sounds and smells of the outdoors while observing the shapes and colors of the landscape. Plus I enjoy the challenge of painting an ever-changing scene as the light changes and the wind moves clouds.
Plein Air painting, or translated from French, simply painting outside, was popularized by the 19th century Impressionists and made possible by advances in painting technology such as paint in tubes. Before this, artists ground their paint by hand and stored them in little sacks made of pig bladders!
If you are curious about how I take my paints on the road (no pig bladders, I promise) check out this fun little stop motion video I made while packing my supplies, a real minimalist’s kit.
Painting and drawing from life are an important part of my practice as an artist. Observing the effects of light on color and shape, and translating that into paint keeps my eyes and hand sharp. These images work themselves into my abstract pieces as well – a memory of a particular color or shadow or shape – all these elements play into my abstract paintings.