Sunday, September 26, 2010


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.

As always, let me know if you like this one, or if you want it.

And thanks for looking.
Tom Brown

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Blogger M R Anand said...

the scenery is beautifully painted! like the depth in the painting! thanks for sharing the details in the painting!

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Blogger nancy wood said...

Gorgeous! So articulate and refined. So 'California School.'

7:28 PM  
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Blogger nancy wood said...

lovely, you should have a protege, someone like me, but not me because I am too much of a recluse, but if I were not so shy, or if you could find some outgoing person, you should have an apprentice, who could give us the real story, about your childhood, and your current experiences, because we are not getting enough of that, you give us a taste but we want the banquet! Tell us more, or have some scribe, who wants to learn from the master, dog you taking notes on where you leave off at the blog site, surely the local art schools would like to have one of their kids do an internship like that. Part apprentice part documentarian? -N. (Check out April Winchell, it's a site where the person tells her life story in wonderful segments that incorporate contemporary and past encounters with herself on the subject of herself, for those of us who wish that we were her, or you, in this case.)

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