Plein Air Painting in Michigan

Waterworks Rd., Early Fall 1

Plein Air painting, watercolor on archival paper, 9 x 7"

Plein Air painting, watercolor on archival paper, 9 x 7"

So my artist's residency reminded me how much I love painting and ignited a love for plein air painting that I'd previously not had or made the time to do.  Since I've been home, a week and a half, now, I've made about 8 paintings.  Several from photos I snapped on the way home (it's hard to plein air paint while you're driving 80 on the interstate) and 3 on site.  

Today I'm posting 2 that I made late morning and early afternoon, a few hours ago.  

The next one is shown in stages, as I progress through it.  Also shown is my set-up.

Left painting finished, right one just started

Left painting finished, right one just started

A little further along

A little further along

I sometimes have a hard time adding to the pieces, because I like the unfinished stages.

Almost!

Almost!

Done! Waterworks Road, Early Fall 2. This piece is on Indian Village handmade watercolor paper.  Each of the finished paintings here are on different papers and that affects the colors and the way the papers handle the paint.  I love painting on 2 different kinds of paper to keep in interesting and challenging for me.

Done! Waterworks Road, Early Fall 2. This piece is on Indian Village handmade watercolor paper.  Each of the finished paintings here are on different papers and that affects the colors and the way the papers handle the paint.  I love painting on 2 different kinds of paper to keep in interesting and challenging for me.