Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tully's - Plein Air

10"x8" oil on canvas
Well, this is the result of a plein air painting day in downtown Pleasanton, CA. I helped introduce my new friend and fellow blogger, Sheila Tajima (check out her wonderful blog by clicking on her name), to the plein air scene. She watched as I painted this scene and with her coaxing got me to reluctantly post my painting ;) I'm somewhat happy with it, but I have a long way to go to get where I'd love to be proficiency-wise. And for those of you who aren't sure what plein air painting is, it is when an artist sets up his easel outside to paint and tries capture a moment within a short amount of time before the light changes too much.

18 comments:

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Great painting, Edward! It looks like it was a beautiful day in Pleasanton. I'm sure Sheila was thrilled to be looking over your shoulder, that was so nice of you!
Look how DSFDF brings people together!!

Sheila said...

Dana! You and Dori are a large part of my inspiration to learn more about plein air! Edward was just nice enough to let me tag along with his group. I hanging around a gentleman who was working on a large piece of watercolor and another lady who was working in oil. This charged me up so much, a portable easel is definitely on top of my list for next month's budget! Thanks again Ed. This looks great. Love the colors and the "looseness"!

dominique eichi said...

WOW ! I love your piece Edward.
I'm totally jealous Sheila. Maybe a little trip down south can happen soon Otherwise I will have to come up there !

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Very warm and inviting painting, Edward. And Sheila, how fun that you got to be there and watch! Yeah, you DSFDF Californians should all manage to get together eventually, what fun that would be! Sounds like little by little, it is already happening:)

Angela Elledge said...

This is very warm and inviting! I'm so excited Sheila was able to join you -- I can "hear" her cheering you on :) !

Kim VanDerhoek said...

Great job Edward! I like the subject you chose and that you kept things loose - just look at that yellow fire hydrant, it's perfect. Very nice of you to take Sheila out too.

rob ijbema said...

yes it has got a great sense of place,wish i could be there [painting too,looks so nice and warm...

Dominic Philibert said...

Nice painting!!!

benjaminlois said...

good paint!! i like very townscapes like yours.

Carol Horzempa said...

Edward- I Love your painting! I like the depth you created and your simple brushstrokes. It makes me want to walk across the street and soak up that warm sun that we are lacking here in Wisconsin.

Dean H. said...

Great job on the plein air, Edward. Sheila has to be all fired up now..."Look out world, I'm gonna paint you!!"

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Edward, it definitely has the 'feel' of being painted outside - and I am completely jealous that your have that warm sunshine already! Do more of these street scenes, plein air is so great!

Brenda Heisler said...

Edward, It looks like a fine piece to me.

I don't know what plein is. Perhaps when you do a technique you could briefly explain it to those of us that aren't in the art world. I would appreciate a piece ever more if I had a clue about the technique.

Marian Fortunati said...

Wow, Edward! You've been really busy! This and all the other work you've posted are great! Such a vast range... Your dog portraits are touching and I wonder why you were "shy" about posting this great plein air!...
Did your friend have fun too??

Also congrats on being featured in the poetry blog!!

Vern Schwarz said...

Really nice job on this Edward. Love to come down there and paint. You made it look so warm and inviting.

Rebecca said...

I like it ... thanks for sharing it. Nice warm scene.

Karen said...

I can't imagine why you were reluctant to post it! I love these cityscape type scenes. Really nicely done!

**Robin** said...

Wow plein air..incredible..I love it..!! Ive only tried that a few times..you have areal knack for it..!! Robin