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Plein air painting – A red roof.

We had terrible winds when I painted this painting. Everything tumbled over every now and then. So I feel quite proud that I’ve completed it.

… red roof…


oil on linen, 46x38cm (18″x15″)

…red roof: close-up…

And here is my preparation stage, the very first washes.

I have so much to learn when it comes to plein air painting. My biggest problem is usually finding the best viewpoint.  Sometimes I impiulsively like a spot, just to realize after a while that the paintings doesn’t have any strong focus point, or the basics are weak(the shapes) or there is no interest, or it is too static. In this case I find that I have no real interest, no excitement, no strong focal point to hold the viewer captive, not enough strong movement to lead the viewer around the painting. So. Off to a next effort!

10 responses

  1. Ronelle, I like this….and I like your style….it has improved a lot since I have met you! Lovely…..

    August 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm

  2. Hi Ronelle,
    You critique your own work so well, so you know what’s needed.
    Some people never work it out.
    It’s still a lovely painting.

    August 28, 2010 at 1:26 am

  3. This is so nice Ronell. I also like your style. ‘Painterly’ as one of my art teachers used to call it, but still some fine detail. Cecily

    August 28, 2010 at 10:47 am

  4. Well I don’t know about meeting all those criteria (I think I’m one of those who never work it out in my own work;) but this is a lovely painting of a lovely place. I think you at least caught some of the wind in your brushstrokes!

    August 28, 2010 at 11:37 am

  5. pat

    I am so glad I can now look at everyones work in big format. Your red roof painting is wonderful and I love the theme you have selected. I spent a wonderful break reading your blog and enjoying my coffee. thanks!

    August 28, 2010 at 10:08 pm

  6. You did a great job on your plein air paintings!!! Dealing with the elements is always fun. While I was in Venice I painted no matter what the weather, even scrunching into doorways when it started to rain (which happened several times). I enjoyed looking through your older posts to see what I missed while I was gone. I love your style of sketching!!

    September 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm

  7. happens to me a lot with plein aire painting….
    I’m a fan of your approach and directness in applying paint!

    September 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

  8. This is beautiful! The colors harmonize so well, and your brush strokes give a lot of strength! I like it a lot!

    September 8, 2010 at 4:16 am

  9. Amazing painting, great art!

    November 16, 2010 at 2:34 pm

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