This afternoon I painted en plein air using acrylic paints. My intent was to abstract the scene to get a more patterned and design oriented composition.
If I had to do it over again I would have made a more comprehensive sketch. But the sky was in transition and I wanted to quickly record the movement of the high clouds before they changed. Plein air painting often includes the paradox of compromising process in order to get the best results.
I was surprised that painting outside with acrylics was as easy as it was. It was a nice day around 70°F and my paint remained wet on the palette throughout the entire painting process. I painted fast covering the entire 20″ x 20″ surface using palette knives.
I look forward to trying it again soon.
Brad Teare – October 2014