Tuesday, July 1, 2008

"Dappled Light"

Connie Kleinjans fine art8x10, oil on canvas board

I mentioned a few posts ago that I joined a local plein air painting group. I did this a few weeks ago (I've been busy!) and kind of like the serenity of it. I was going for the contrast of the sun through the wooden fence, and the shadows of the cross bars. But I rather like the patch of sunlight on the wheat grass (OK, the weeds) on the left.

And now that I've done this, when I go hiking (as I often do), I look at the trail and shadows with a funny little sense of recognition. Yeah, I know those colors and patterns. When our world becomes source material, we look at it differently. I've designed and painted some sets, and the same thing happened: I was always looking around to understand how to represent something. Ivy, urns, rock walls. I became visually aware of them.


  1. Hey, you're great at this! The shadow pattern on the ground is wonderfully painted.

  2. Aw, thanks. Yeah, I'm still kind of new at plein air, and it felt good to give my standard response: "This doesn't suck!" :D