Plein Air: Docks Before Rain

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

I went out painting by the lake in the Glen earlier this week. It was just starting to rain as I packed up. On the east side of the lake there’s a shelter and docks for fishing. I started with a pink ground again — I’m not sure that’s working for me. I left too much pink showing through, anyway. I also tried to push too much of the sky into the composition, so I went back in and changed some things today. I feel like it matches up better to my memory of the cold, windy morning. In the distance on the right stand the Techny Towers of Northbrook.

We have a road trip coming up (can’t wait!), and I’d really like to improve my plein air skills and do some painting while we travel. Please share any tips, advice and feedback you can think of in the comments. Which one do you like better?

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