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Painting Intensive Report: Improving Studio Work with Plein Air Studies

1 month ago   |   By Michael Chesley Johnson

6x8 Oil Cottonwood Study

This past week, an accomplished studio painter come to me for help. She wanted to improve her plein air practice with the goal of improving her studio work. Arriving from Maryland to study with me for a week, she agreed to a plan that we'd both worked on to help her with these goals. The plan: Gather field references in the way of color studies and photos Return to the studio to create designs in charcoal based on the color studies (and to avoid resorting to photos unless absolutely necessary) And then to “scale up” the color studies into finished paintings, using...
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