This is just an example of a plein air painting I did this past summer. The sky just stopped me in my tracks. So I pulled over set up and painted this piece while driving through Mississippi. I absolutely love plein air painting and every chance I get I try to do so.
This is a painting of a moon I saw this past October. It was one of the largest moons I had ever seen and a full moon to boot! It was still light enough to see the colors in the trees and field it was over. I love painting outdoors this time of year. It’s perfect outdoors here in Meridian, Mississippi because it’s not too cool and not too warm. When we do a painting we try to create a believable illusion, however nature has one set of rules and paint has another.
This is one of the many places I return to paint plein air. I start to paint and hold off until the right moment to capture the sunset at its best moment. I tried to compose this painting with the sun right on the “golden section”. I always try to avoid placing where I want the viewer to look in the middle of the canvas or sectioning up the canvas in “halves”. I do this by trying to think mostly in terms of thirds or odd numbers. Its seems much more interesting when doing so! I hope you enjoy the piece as much as I did creating it!