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In the detail photo of this painting you can see a hawk
circling above the oak trees, apparently looking for prey. I believe it was a
red-tailed hawk. This beautiful bird spent a good deal of time circling the
area as I painted the scene, and it finally disappeared downward in a lightning
fast dive. That’s when I decided to add him to the painting. And it gave me the
title for this painting, “SKY DIVER”.
A tip for artists:
It pays to be prepared so that you can capture things like this in paintings.
In my Plein Air Workshops I encourage my students to practice their
color-mixing at home; not on location. And to pack light. I always take ONLY
what I need, and I prefer equipment that can set up instantly. When the
inspiration strikes I like to get right to it before I lose the “vision” of how
I intend to capture a scene like this one.
Sometimes I want to do a painting like this on the spur
of the moment. But often there isn’t a place to sit down to paint. So I’ve devised
a hands-free painting kit that I can use without an easel, even when standing. A
photo of this kit in action is shown below.
Nothing captures the moment like a painting done outdoors
on the spot, working directly from Nature’s inspiration. It felt very rewarding
to be able to capture this moment in an oil painting, and I was quite pleased
with the results. I hope you like it too.
Thanks for stopping by, and
have a mellow day.