Day 18: #rogertorypetersoninstitute Today was wet and windy, not exactly good weather to be out with watercolor or oils. I heard the rain falling all night, so I was prepared for painting in the RV. Many of you have asked me why I prefer to paint outdoors (plein air) rather than inside from a photo.
With a photo you are limited to the current technology and your camera’s ability to capture the correct tones and colors. When painting outside I can see into the deep shadows and can take the opportunity to walk up to the subject to study it. I knew that there would be days that I wouldn’t be able to be outside during this residency, so during my walks down the trail, I took photos to use on rainy days. Usually, I take several photos of the same subject, 3 or 4 up close, a couple exactly as I see the painting and a few from a distance. Together these photos will give me most of the information that I need.
Today’s painting features the fallen limb of an old apple tree. I loved the weathered wood against the vibrant golden rod. While I was painting, I thought of all of my gardens at home. Every year I pour hours in to weeding to give my pampered plants room to grow. While I’m not a fan of some native plants, I must concede that nature is a better gardener than I am.
“Fallen Glory” Watercolor, 8”x10” Available
6/2/2021 11:44:31 pm
I have always felt your skill was/ is exemplary Robin. This particular painting reminds me of the last branch of the 70 + year old apple tree at the Taylor homestead that gratefully my son is now purchasing all 21 acres and together we have been fixing up the home and he has undertaken tending to the land as a good steward, If you ever make note cards or smaller prints of this painting please let me know, Blessings to you and yours
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Robin Zefers Clark
Pull up a chair, put up your feet and listen to a few stories while the paint dries.