Turning, 8×10 plein air

Plein Air days are the best days. September light in Rocky Mountain National Park when the leaves are turning makes everything even better.

Painted with the PAAC, Northern Colorado crew at Cow Creek in Rocky Mountain National Park this morning. Blues skies, the start of golden leaves and cool morning temperatures.

Turning, 8x10, oil on linen, © Nelia Harper
Turning, 8×10, oil on linen, © Nelia Harper

As I was painting, I heard voices of various instructors in my head.  Paint something beautiful. Make every brush stroke count.  Start the finish, finish the start.  Make brushstrokes.  Each painting requires a tremendous amount of thought.  Composition, color mixing, color harmony, movement, gesture, paint quality, form, and how the piece holds together.


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