These images came from our trip out to the Leighton Centre the other day. On the way back my wife and I took one of the side roads and just picked a spot to stop where we could pull to the side of the road and then we tried to find what subjects were there. I enjoy the challenge of trying to make something out of whatever is available.
The bottom image is the plein air sketch that I did. I think it made the most of the particular scene. When I got home I noticed right away that there was an issue with the values. Not enough value contrast. Also I tried to include too much of what was actually there just because it was there. When I looked at it the next day I made some changes to the composition to try to get to the essence of the subject. The top image is the one I did in the studio the next day. As always plein air painting is always a great learning experience.
For me plein air painting is about the experience of being there, the sights, the sounds and about collecting information. For me it’s not about a beautiful finished painting. There’s nothing like it.