LANDSCAPES
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CAPE COD, NEW ENGLAND AND BEYOND
"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
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 CAPE COD, NEW ENGLAND AND BEYOND
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, a painting tells 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 knowledge 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.    
This is one of my field study systems, an oversized Open Box M  https://www.openboxm.com/

 I believe it's a 12 x 16, the larger size gives you ample room for accessories and mixing as well as more paint. I've added a mid tone gray bottom painted piece of glass, which is exactly like the one I use in my studio.   Shown here attached to a Bogen tripod.  The Bogen's are heavy, but as you can see with a large surface area to work on a heavier base is going to keep wind sheer from toppling it.
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