LANDSCAPES
"It is, to my mind a far finer thing to endevour to paint what you feel yourself, as you feel it and see it, however unsuccessfully, than to be content to spend your life imitating other people's ideas and methods."
-W. Frank Calderon
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LANDSCAPES
All paintings reflect the inner thoughts, loves and desires of the artist, these expressions are a window to their soul.  Whether it's Bierstadt, Wyeth or Church, paintings tell the Artists' story.  When I'm looking for new subject matter, I try to answer a few basic questions, is it Interesting, is the Light special and would I hang that on my wall.  

MY APPROACH

      Every studio painting starts the same way, with on location Plein Aire sketches.  The term Plein Aire was coined in the 19th Century by the French Impressionists, meaning "Open Air" or outdoors.

The advantage of painting en plein aire is that you are creating through observation and interpretation, a working knowlege of your subject. This method allows the artist  the opportunity to test composition and color structure without thinking about it.  As, it's a race against time, painting under pressure pushes you to make decisions, forcing the brush to canvas. Ultimately, this makes you a better, more efficient painter.  To use a Football analogy, the Plein Aire study is like running the Two minute, Hurry Up offense.