A Day in the Park is a 12x9 plein air oil by Shirley Fachilla done on the first day of a three day plein air workshop.
Last week, I spent three days in
Percy Warner Park in a painting workshop taught by Stapleton Kearns. We were
encouraged to paint big and to think out of the plein air box.
Stape paints big; he paints long; he even sometimes (usually a major no-no in plein air) chases the light. [See Artful Definitions.]
Stapleton Kearns is an unusual plein air artist. His pieces are highly finished with most of his work done out-of-doors and done big by plein air standards. His usual size is 18x24 inches. Plein air pieces can often be as small as 5x7.
Kearns did other out-of-the-box things like painting a crashing wave seascape from imagination, memory and the knowledge gained from a great deal of prior seascape painting.
It was an interesting, instructive three day adventure. If you’d like a sample of Stapleton Kearns and his way of plein air thinking, just visit his blog.
P.S. A Day in the Park is very much my style of painting and nothing like a Stapleton Kearns!