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It’s fall time in Provo, and it couldn’t be more beautiful! October has gotta be the best month of the year here. The weather is gorgeous, the trees are gorgeous, it’s all just gorgeous! And what better way to enjoy the outdoors than plein air painting? It’s been a long time. I went up Provo Canyon just a little ways yesterday and painted alongside the fishermen by Vivian Park. I can’t say I fully captured the beauty up there right now, but hopefully you get the gist. Now I remember why my plein air painting class at BYU was my favorite. If there are other art projects that require you to be outside, I’d like to know because it’s the most peaceful and therapeutic combination.

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This last week our class went up Provo Canyon by Vivian park.  I went out with gouache paints (opaque watercolor) instead of oils.  It was a challenge for sure!  You can’t just lay your colors in and expect to blend later because the paint dries too fast.  And you can’t just smack the paint on as thick as you want either.  The fundamentals about color and painting landscapes are the same though, thank goodness for that!  Looking at beautiful nature while painting is one of the most meditating and fun things to do EVER – in my humble opinion. Yes, I’m recommending it!

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So this is how it works: Every Friday we take a class field trip to some wild new location. We bring all our painting materials (I go with oil paints) and a chair and water and lunch and the white kids bring sunscreen, then we set up and paint! It’s pretty marvelous. Being outside painting has to be one of the most fun and peaceful things ever to do, and I really look forward to the rest of this semester! Here are some of my very first landscape paintings I’ve done in the field EVER.

ps – These are still really mediocre

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I am FOR SURE going to be better at posting regularly from now on because of what I have been told in my business practices for illustrators class. Here are some 30 minute color studies for my environment painting class. There will be many more of these to come.


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