Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cider Mill -a plein air painting from Oak Glen

oil 9x12 inches magnify/purchase All the apples are in and the cider mill is cranking away. I could smell the juice as I painted this at Snowline Orchard yesterday. Then I bought some Pink Lady apples and hot mini donuts. Yum. after a break I headed down to The Pumpkin Patch on Live Oak Canyon road to paint pumpkins.
Here's my subject and my easel. You can see my subject is not directly beyond my easel. I'll share this very practical tip I learned from Kim English: To get your panel in the shade, hold your hand up in front of you vertically. Turn your hand until it is in shade. That's the way to place your easel. Why didn't I think of that? Duh. Sometimes it means your subject is way off to one side from you, which it was in this case. At first I thought that might feel awkward, turning my head so much, but really once I start painting I don't even notice. Easier on the eyes, and better for getting values right.


  1. Bonjour chère amie,

    Une peinture pleine de charme et qui a une histoire, celle aussi d'une belle dégustation de pommes !
    J'aime la lumière qui parcimonieusement illumine ta peinture.
    Merci pour l'astuce... je ne peins pas personnellement des sujets sur le vif, mais qui sait un jour peut-être ! dans la vie on ne dit pas jamais !
    Gros bisous ☼

    1. Thank you for your comment, Martine. I love painting from life. If I paint from photos I tend to tighten up and become a slave to the photo. It's not as fun. Also, the result of painting from life is a painting with life in it! Ha! You would have so many beautiful subject where you live! Give it a try! I hope to hear from you again. Happy painting!


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