Recently, I am trying to do some Plein Air painting for color study. This painting is the first one of my few attempts.
The result was extremely rough, but that’s okay since I didn’t do any modification afterward.
It’s pure Plein air painting and 100% painting painted from life. I choose the most complex object that I can find. Yeah! it is! I challenge my self to paint as quickly as I can while doing it under the hottest sun this year. And the result is not too disappointing.
The Painting of Rice Field In The Wood
Rice Field is called “Sawah” in Indonesian. Mostly, peoples plant rice near the beach but some plant it in a field at reservation wood.
And most “Sawah” painting is done in full landscape painted from far distance with mountain background. This one I paint it from a nearer distance as possible with the wood background, … a very complex threes background.
What I do is try to train my brain on how to simplify objects when there is so much information in front of me.
As this is my first training in painting outdoor. I don’t want to start it from the easy one. I do like to challenge my self with the hardest one.
And the first challenge has completed. My first outdoor painting inspired by the great Claude Monet and John Singer Sargent.
Plein air is addictive
Mostly, I work in the studio. Doing portrait painting or painting from photographs. This year I finally get out of my comfort zone and have the courage to paint outdoor.
Believe me, it takes courage to paint outdoor. And surprise surprise, it feels like I learn everything from the beginning again.
However, I will do it some more and more, it’s not easy and there is no fun at all painting from life, mosquitos and other distraction is a real challenge.
But Plein air painting is addictive, and I am addicted …