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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Painting in the Car

Painting in the Car.

6x8in  oil on canvas panel  100.

I received a few inquiries on how I could paint in the car
when the landscape changes so fast.
Good question with an easy answer.
start on something in the distance and paint that first. For example,
yesterday's blog had the Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque, in the distance
so I did that first.
 Next I look to see what is around me at that point and fill in the bottom half.
The colors are usually in similar tones due to the sun, land or weather patterns.

The painting above was actually started as the one below.

This is a typical, metal roofed house with a dirt road
leading up to it. I painted the house, mountains and trees first.
Then from memory I did the dirt road, fence and bushes, looking
at the colors as we were whipping on by.
This kept me happily occupied until we reached the start of the
farming areas in the Mesilla Valley, when, lo and behold, I looked up
and saw the beautiful fields, so I quickly scraped off the bottom half
and brushed in the new pattern -  leaving the top part of the
painting as it was.
The sun was warmer as it was later in the day and I went back into the
top part and made the colors warmer where the sun was hitting.

It doesn't matter if I liked the painting as it was before or not.
Is is not precious. For me, these car paintings are purely about
the enjoyment of painting.
(And preventing car boredom)

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  1. Brillant! I never thought to try painting in the car! We do a couple of 12 hour trips every year - I will have to try it next time ;-)

    Lovely landscape!

  2. I think it is so awesome that you paint in the car. I love seeing the paintings with the changes you made on the foregrounds. You are such a wonderful artist, I think you can do anything! Thanks for the wonderful comment on my work.

  3. Thanks for showing both paintings. I like what you did with it. When I first saw the painting on DPW, I felt it tugging at my heartstrings.

  4. these textural qualities are so wonderful and the colors warm the heart!!!

  5. This has again prompted the interesting question -- "process or product?" -- in which case I totally agree -- at least in the true spirit of daily painting, it's all about the process!


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