Yesterday we drove north of Morro Bay to Estero Bay and set up our plein air gear. Normally we would not have been thinking
"plein air", but because we had taken some mentoring plein air sessions with Christine Debrosky while in Cottonwood (see Allan and Christine to the left), we now had a little more confidence in being outside and finding a composition in the great expanse of views available. Prior to working with Christine, we had attempted plein air a couple of times and usually ended up tossing the efforts into the trash.
After working with Christine, we felt that we had paintings with some merit, even if only to be used as studies for a studio painting later. We both felt that Christine helped us in analyzing a composition, determining values and colors that should be used to depict what we saw in the landscape, how to minimize the details for the most effect, not to mention all the prompting to include atmospheric perspective, having a lead in for the eye into the painting, and on and on. To the right is the painting that I accomplished with much advice and encouragement from Christine.
We were not able to do much more painting while we were up in Cottonwood because we were also taking care of the Sedona Show and had to return home for a couple of days for doctors appointments, but we were determined to give plein air another try at our first opportunity.