Plein air painting: Ice on Beck Lake

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12 by 12 inches, oil on hardboard
12 by 12 inches, oil on hardboard

I spent an hour and half painting by Beck Lake this morning, with mostly clear skies, ice on the lake and plenty of entertainment from the geese. I recently watched Oil Landscapes – Quick and Easy, a dvd by Brian Ryder. I tried out his methods: starting with a pink ground, careful drawing, and really scrubbing in the main areas of color. The specks are geese, there were a lot more of them but I just included a few. There was a person out on that farthest path of ice, walking back and forth, maybe fishing? My last few landscapes seemed kind of amber/brown, so I stayed away from cad yellow medium and only used a bit of cad yellow lemon.

All set up to paint at Beck Lake
All set up to paint at Beck Lake
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4 thoughts on “Plein air painting: Ice on Beck Lake

    carolyn pizzica said:
    March 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    beautiful deb….i didn’t remember such beauty when i grew up in Glenview!

      debrha responded:
      March 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      It really is beautiful here. Thanks for the comment, Carolyn, and thanks for helping us make our home here 🙂

    David Westerfield said:
    March 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Very nice Deb.

      debrha responded:
      March 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks David!

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