Friday, February 13, 2009

Larger Plein Air


I was inspired to try painting larger plein air pieces after reading a recent blog post by pastel artist and oil painter Michael Johnson (His paintings are great. He also produces how-to books and videos!) In order to pull it off I constructed a wet panel carrier made to carry two panels up to 16" x 20". I hiked out to a favorite spot near my home and painted the larger picture above - Granite Creek (16 x 16 oil on panel). Strapped to my backpack, the carrier got the panels in and out safely. I painted the smaller piece - Winter River (9 x 12 oil on panel) - that same morning before a freezing north wind forced me back to the car.

6 comments:

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

You put me to shame, Bill. These are both really nice paintings. An inspiration to paint larger!

Bill Cramer said...

Thank you Michael. Not all my outings are this successful, maybe I just had to think bigger. Maybe just a case of big-inners luck?? Bill

becky joy said...

Bill, These are wonderful paintings, great color

Bill Cramer said...

Becky, I'm glad you like them. I visited your blog. Nice work going on there! I added it to my artist links. Bill

Chris said...

What great work, thanks a lot!

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