This painting was not plein air but inspired by a plein air painting. I was at the Okotoks Big Rock Artists fundraiser for the Foothills Country Hospice. This was the house just behind the church where the show was. It’s a beautiful, very large house (only a part of it is pictured) with a large yard including a large fountain. Many cars parked out front. I was told it was owned by a husband wife real estate team. Obviously a very successful team.
On Friday night the light was magnificent. On Saturday when I did a plein air painting the light was good but not magnificent. The plein air painting turned out quite good but it was definitely in the wrong format. The next day I redid it in the long lean format that it seemed to call for. It’s a very accurate take on the scene.
What I’m continuing to learn from this weekend’s painting is to 2 things. The first is the importance of trying to get a fairly solid vision of what you want the painting to look like in your mind before you start. This means identify your centre of interest, your value pattern and also your colour palette. Sounds like a lot and it is but as in every thing in life it’s one step at a time. For me I have these lofty goals and often fall short but each time I get a little closer. The summary of this first point is that I need to do a lot of thinking before I put brush to paper.
The second factor is the absolute importance of value. It’s far more important than colour. I’m reminding myself to squint frequently both at the subject and the painting to identify those value patterns. If I can nail the values then there is a very good chance that the painting will work. I’m feeling increasingly confident as an artist when I do these things.
P.S. The title was my first thought that came to mind when someone told me that it was real estate agents who owned it.
I Should Sell Houses Not Paint Them
25 x 8