he majority of my landscapes begin as plein air
sketches created on location, out in the open air. You can see some of these sketches on my Plein Air webpage
. Many love the loose energy of these sketches, so I offer them for sale, alongside my more time consuming studio paintings.
In addition to trips I make by myself, once every month I venture out with the Yosemite Western Artists
for a plein air group session. Before I return home from any of these trips, I make sure I have plenty of photos, as well as my color sketches.
With my reference materials in hand, I'm ready to tackle a studio painting. Because photos have a limited dynamic range of values, from light to dark, they lie a bit. So, I rely heavily on my plein air color sketch to determine the true color and value of what I saw on location. The photos provide any detail lacking in my quickly done sketches.