New Plein Air Painting


Plein Air Painting at the old salt mine in Camp Verde, AZ 5 x 7 inches, oil on canvas

Plein Air Painting
at the old salt mine in Camp Verde, AZ
5 x 7 inches, oil on canvas

I’ve been designing a book cover for my forthcoming book, Ignition. I’ve also been formatting it for Kindle. This has required a lot of computer time. So, it was time to go out to do plein air painting! 

I flung on my backpack full of painting supplies and hit the trail. This location is just a short walk from my house. It’s long enough to give me a sense of exercise too.

My eyes surveyed the landscape which was browned from winter. A rusted old rail car from the old salt mine lay like a discarded lump of coal half buried in the sandy soil. Turquoise graffiti brightened the surface. Plein air painting is like a soothing balm for what ails me.

My plein air painting painting set up Plain and simple

My plein air painting set up
Plain and simple

Out came my supplies. Lately, I prefer using a palette knife over the brush. Partly being too lazy to clean the brushes. Partly wanting a more lively, textured surface. I hacked away at the surface as my eyes rolled over the scene before me, melting cares and worries along with each stroke. I found pleasure in the muted tones before me.

My attempt at painting the rail car didn’t really pan out. It looks more like a pile of rocks. I love it nonetheless. I’m becoming more comfortable with the small size that is required to complete a plein air painting in a short amount of time. I love to paint big when I paint in my studio.

The landscape at the old salt mine, browned from winter.

The landscape at the old salt mine, browned from winter.

A discarded rail car from the old salt mine buried into the landscape over time

A discarded rail car from the old salt mine buried into the landscape over time

 

Painting will be available when dried and varnished. Interested parties may email MaryRaeStudios@gmail.com.

 

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