Recently, I am trying to doing 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 quick 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 training my brain how to simplify object when there is so many information in front on me.
As it my first training of painting out door. 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 complete. 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 from my comfort zone and have a courage to paint outdoor.
Believe me it takes a courage to paint out door. And surprise surprise, it’s 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 …