It was one of those iffy days. It was overcast all day yesterday and we were expecting rain during the night. It was anticipated that we would have a dry morning today, but that it would start raining in the afternoon. When I made it to Central Park the sky was very gray and it seemed that rain would start coming down at any point. What to do if I you get caught in a downpour? Would you save your painting? Your materials? Or would you leave it all in search for shelter? I has hoping it wouldn't rain, and by the end of the session the sky cleared and the sun beat down on me, burning my arms as I painted. Changing light causes problems while working outdoors, at times the middle building looked yellow, then it changed to a light gray, then to a dirty yellow, then to a darker gray. The sky changed the most but it was easier to capture it for some reason. My approach was a little different today, instead sticking to an earth tone palette, I started incorporating Sap Green, Viridian, Nickel Yellow, and Ultramarine Blue. The small change in color made a lot of difference, one which I'm very happy with. I now have to focus on drawing, crucial to cityscapes. Decisions have to made quickly, how detailed do I want the buildings and are they the main focus? Still working on it, but for my fourth plein air painting I say this is not too shabby.
"Anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the vision-it is the seeing of the thing that makes it so."
- Charles W. Hawthorne -
"One of the functions of art is to remind us of common humanity. The artist, like the priest, can sometimes remind us that we are bound by an obligation to one another stronger and more lasting than the bonds of politics or economics."
- John Manchip White, Diego Velazquez: Painter and Courtier -
"To defend an artist as original says little about his work except that it is in some way different from what preceded it. As such, originality itself is rarely a strong defense, for it is born more of admiration for audacity and perseverance than necessarily of understanding." - James H. Rubin, Manet's Silence and the Poetics of Bouquets -