A Painting with a Plan


I’m learning a lot about landscape oil painting, and consequently I’m doing a few things differently than in the past. I’m trying different brushes, working with different pigments, practicing new techniques, and most of all, I’m thinking about what I want to do, and how I want to do it.

I’ve worked with the idea of “intentional painting” before. What that meant to me in the past was having a greater awareness of what I wanted to say with the painting. Being intentional today means something much different. My awareness has shifted from what to how, and I think this is a very important step.

My painting exercise today was another study in light temperature. My objective was to paint a scene that suggested early morning. After finding a reference photo, I sat down and began making decisions.

To start, I considered my object — the early morning light…

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