More work on evening painting

This view from one of my favorite sitting spots faces west where the sun disappears every evening. Since each sunset is a little different, at this point I am picking and choosing which subtle differences I want to keep and which to change. These choices are based on the overall tone I wish to communicate.

Plain air painting in the Sierra Foothills by Rita Alvarez
Plain air painting in the Sierra Foothills by Rita Alvarez

An Evening Painting

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When it’s too hot during the summer months to paint outdoors I often paint at dusk. From my perspective (on top of a hill) I have the advantage of being able to view far into the horizon. This painting will focus on the illusion of distance using atmosphere as a drawing technique. There are two more commonly used artist techniques used to portray distance, can you name them? Leave a comment and lets talk about it!

Studio Paint Day!

When its too hot to paint outside I enjoy the cool comfort of my studio. I use this time to apply finishing details on my previously created paintings, pushing myself to the absolute limits of my abilities! I find it enjoyable because it makes me relive the feelings I experience when studying nature for a new painting.

This original 12 x 16 plein air oil painting was created in Capay, Valley California.
Pic for blog 7-8-2015