As we traveled to my niece’s graduation from Liberty University, we stopped by Western View, an old farmhouse that is the subject of a painting commissioned by a friend. I wanted to sketch the house again and get it fresh in my mind.
This painting qualifies as one of my 120 paintings, as I completed it in about an hour, just as the bugs were beginning to drive me crazy!
When sketching en plein air, an artist sometimes has to be innovative in his set-up. As I didn’t have a table or chair with me, I upended several logs from a nearby woodpile and set my palette and water container on them so I could hold the painting with one hand and the brush with the other.
“It takes 120 bad paintings to know something about painting.” – Larry Seiler as quoted by Jeff Mahorney in his blog
Each painting is small in format and should be completed in about an hour or less.
My goals are to improve my technique, to paint faster, and to gain experience with a variety of subjects.