Plein Air Calgary

The lovely warm weather just seemed to call me outside so I drove around a bit looking for some interesting buildings.  Fortunately, there was sun so there were shadow patterns to play with.  I was very pleased with both these little sketches.  They are very close to what I was trying for.  I’ve just been reading a book by Charles Reid and found his paintings and suggestions very interesting.  I had his approach in mind when I did these.

For these quick little studies I’m using my sketch book which takes paint fairly well but is definitely not watercolour paper.  But using the sketch book takes a lot of pressure off since I’m just collecting information.  The resulting sketches make up for their lack of finished quality with increased spontaneity.

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