Wednesday, July 8, 2015

10 plain air mistakes by Kathleen Dunphy

"Indian Summer," by Kathleen Dunphy, oil, 12 x 12 in.
Here are Dunphy’s Plein Errors, delivered as David Letterman might:
No. 10: Forgetting to squint to eliminate detail and see values more clearly.
No. 9: Getting bogged down in detail instead of massing in the basic shapes.
No. 8: Painting over an incorrect passage and making mud instead of scraping down/wiping off that section to start over.
No. 7: Painting too large a canvas for the amount of time available before the light changes.
No. 6: Not mixing up enough paint and skimping on paint application.
No. 5: Giving up too early.
No. 4: Wiping off the entire painting in the field (your painting might just be better than you think it is…)
No. 3: Focusing on one area too long instead of seeing the entire design.
No. 2: Using small brushes at the start.
No.1:  Not having a clear plan before you start!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful painting! I like how you can feel the heat and see the atmosphere in the painting and it's still impressionistic. Also, I'm going to take your top 10 plein air mistakes and put them with my Guerilla box. Thanks!