WIP: Lay-in, Large Oil, Plein Air

WORK IN PROGRESS – WIP 81 x 65 cm (approx 32 x 26 “)

This large work in progress from last year… again now is the time the poplars are in bloom… ‘bronzage’, with their bronze crimson yellow catkins on white-grey-violet trunks with yellow fungus…

Why so big? Why o why why? Humanly impossible to do it one plein-air session! Left it to stew under a building site when the roof came off the house last year. Have some doubts about it…

 

post script – large plein-airs  are… difficult.

5 Comments on “WIP: Lay-in, Large Oil, Plein Air

  1.  by  loriann

    Hi Adam, Can’t wait to see what happens with this one after a year of stewing…you are a patient man!
    PS Thanks for taking the time to visit and backtrack through my blog!

  2.  by  Adam Cope

    Oh u know, us plein-airist have our familar haunts , our spots that we return back & back again to.

    not so much patience as this one i had my doubts about… couldn’t see the way forward. some are like that aren’t they?

    being buried in a building site helps as well 😉

  3.  by  Adam Cope

    Oh u know, us plein-airist have our familar haunts , our spots that we return back & back again to.

    not so much patience as this one i had my doubts about… couldn’t see the way forward. some are like that aren’t they?

    being buried in a building site helps as well 😉

  4.  by  Adam Cope

    Thank you for yr reading & the intelligence of yr comments.

    I’ve been thinking of yr poplars. So blue & so saturated. Switching local colours around so as to make a lively painting.

    DO I want to make yet another turgid, stodgy plein-air painting, hooked on copying? A disppointment to myself?

    I guess part of my doubts about the above painting is that… it risks becoming incredible nineteenth century. obsessed with ‘it doesn’t look like that’… and what the scene actually does look like doesnt really please nor inspire me neither…. a dilema no?

    From Loriann’s blog:

    Wolf Kahn on color : “Invent your way to make color come to life.  Don’t think conventionally. Rules hold you back. Find alternatives. (It’s good to know the rules, so that you can break them) The grass isn’t always green, it’s pink.”

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