12x16 inch original PLEIN AIR
oil painting by Tom Brown
The crisp cool morning air gave way to sweltering sunlight as the day wore on. As the sun shifted in the sky I kept moving my easel to remain in the cool shade of these trees. Thank goodness for that shade!
This was painted during a Plein Air Workshop I taught Saturday morning for a dedicated group of artists. Composition, brushwork and color mixing were among the things we focused on while painting this scene. It’s a spot along the Jeffrey Open Space Trail in Irvine, California. In the distance is Saddleback Mountain. A very inspiring scene!
I was particularly interested in capturing the delicate variety of colors we observed. Especially in the trees. And the mountains. And the sky. Well, the colors in everything I guess.
Click on the detail images for a better look at the delicious layers of juicy oil paint in this piece.
Many of the colors are quite subtle, with just enough vibrant color to bring life to the painting. Brush strokes were carefully considered to reflect the clusters of foliage in the trees, as well as the shape of the distant mountain.
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And thanks for looking.