Thursday, July 11, 2013

Out on the Town

 "The Tiffany Building, Eugene, Oregon"
10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

So I signed up for my very first plein air paintout the other day. I think it's appropriate that it's the first for me, and the first for Eugene, too! I signed up for both categories: landscape and cityscape. Just leaving my options open - after all, I'm going to have an entire day to work! 

Since I definitely plan to win don't want to completely fall on my face next month, I figured it was time to get out there and start practicing my cityscapes. Luckily I got to tag along with Patti at the Park Blocks downtown for some "I-got-your-back-when-the-vagrants-harrass-you" style plein air. Actually, the only people who approached us were some city marketers hoping to photograph us for their Facebook page, and some small, curious children. 

Which was good, because I had to pump all my spare change into the parking meter. 15 minutes for a quarter, Eugene?! Ha.

 I think I might just love city-scape painting more than landscape. The light does such beautiful things to buildings, and the dappled tree-shadows make even the sidewalk interesting to paint.


Jerry Stocks said...

This is one fantastic painting. I especially love the fire hydrant.

Julie Ford Oliver said...

Fabulous painting.
Amazing to think this was your FIRST plein air painting. I can't wait to see what you do after a year of it.