Plein air: Early Spring at Big Bend Lake

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10 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard
10 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard

I always see flocks of Canada geese at Beck Lake, but just down the road at Big Bend Lake the sea gulls seem to rule the roost. It’s the fourth day of spring. Parts of the lake were covered in ice, and parts were open. There were quite a few people walking around: some families, runners and bikers, dog owners. It felt good to be out.

I’ve just listened to two great interviews over at Artists Helping Artists – a fantastic online radio show. One was with Carolyn Anderson, and the other was with Rose Frantzen.

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6 thoughts on “Plein air: Early Spring at Big Bend Lake

    Meta said:
    March 23, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    This is so beautiful, Deb. I love the way you painted the sky.

      debrha responded:
      March 24, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Thanks!

    David Westerfield said:
    March 24, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Nice capturing of the light Deb, Sometime I would like to join you at one of these lakes.

      debrha responded:
      March 24, 2013 at 10:07 am

      That would be great! Thanks, David.

    stephenwilliamson said:
    April 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Another great painting! I just bought some hardboard seeing that you use it often. How many layers of gesso do you use? Thanks.

      debrha responded:
      April 5, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Thanks again!

      I apply 2 or 3 coats of gesso, sanding lightly between coats. Lately I’ve been using Zizzners BIN oil based primer instead of gesso on the recommendation of Stapleton Kerns (who’s blog is full of great instruction). The primer has a very slick, hard surface. I like that, but sometimes I add a coat of acrylic gesso if I want a more grippy surface.

      Good luck painting!

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