Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Plein air painting for the uninspired.

This painting of a variegated Agave and flower friend are from Jim Salem's painting class last week. The lesson of the class was "what do you do when you go out to paint and none of the "big vistas" inspire you? The solution is to find a very small area you like and paint it life size. I found this lovely variegate agave and his flower friend nestled at the base of a gumbo limbo tree (they have a red shiny bark) and loved the cool and warm colors together. I did not finish this painting in one plein air session, but continued with it in the studio over the next several days. I haven't settled on a title I like yet, but when one comes to me it will go into a frame and into the gallery.

There is an unfortunate glare on the top of the photo, pretend you don't notice.

11x 14"
acrylic on canvas on board


  1. I don't know why the title 'PROTECTION" jumped into my feeble mind when I saw this beautiful painting - maybe because the beautiful agave leave are protecting the small fragile clump of beautiful red flowers. It is a BEAUTIFUL painting.

  2. This is gorgeous--well done!!


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