Subject Tags: umbrella, beach umbrellas, cafes, sidewalk cafe, en plein air, plein aire, pleinair, plein air, plein air painting, plein-air, plein, street, bright colors, bright, colorful, seascape, beachscape, beach
Size: 12"W x 9"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
While on our family vacation to Kiawah Island in South Carolina, I painted a series of plein air paintings. Kiawah has an open beach market with outdoor seating and colorful shade umbrellas, perfect for painting on location. The "Colorful Canopy" is large in this painting. Sitting in the foreground, occupying the top third of the painting making large blocks of beach colors. In the middle ground is a complete umbrella, an ice-cream stand and the reflection of sunlit trees in the windows of a cafe. Really fun to paint and even more so to bring it inside. It brightens up any room we've displayed it in.
Plein air (painting outdoors on location) is a challenge. The light source, the sun, is always moving. Shadows and sunlight areas are always changing and you have to deal with strong winds. Painting in public usually draws an audience as an added distraction. But the finished painting always has a quality that is very different from studio work. Plein air paintings are usually small so they can be completed in 4 hours or less. Plein air paintings show the skill of a painter. There is no time to correct mistakes. Each brush stroke must be the correct value and color the first time.
Acrylics on hardboard. Signed and dated on back and my be hung straight out of the box with a gator tooth hanging bracket, displayed on a small table top easel or framed.
- standard size and may be hung straight out of the box. If a frame is desired, this work will fit a standard open back frame. Quality inexpensive frames can be found at Dick Blick. http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-simplon-plein-air-frames/
Art and creativity has always been part of who I am, but I only really started to focus on painting full time at the age of 50, following a long and successful career in advertising. As an artist, I love working in many different styles and exploring a wide range of subject matters. The beauty of online galleries lies in their eclectic art collections, and without the pressure of brick and mortar galleries dictating what I paint, I am free to paint whatever inspires me. Painting for me is an experience of falling headlong into inspiration. An image I come across will stick in my head and refuse to leave until it finds its way onto the canvas. My work is visually diverse, and there are very few painting styles that don’t inspire me in someway or another. My paintings range from abstract and cubist, to impressionistic and realistic. Most recently, I’ve been inspired by quirky and retro TV shows to tell a story through my paintings. The lighting and cinematography of these shows inspire me to paint dramatic moments in time, and I create unique, intriguing characters that are open to interpretation.