Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Leading Edge of Spring, study

Leading Edge of Spring,
6 x 8 in., oil on panel

Last week, I met up with Plein Air Austin at a member's ranch outside of Austin to paint in the gorgeous spring weather. Picasso's "if only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes," came to mind as I fought with myself over the vibrancy of the greens this time of year. It's truly hard to believe just how "spring green" everything around here is right now. The shock of it is twofold after the drought we experienced last spring, summer, and fall. Fortunately, the skies were generous with the rain this winter, and we are enjoying the fruits now.

I did notice (as happens when painting outside), that my greens seemed brighter outside....things can tend to "darken" when you bring them in, which simply means my eyes lost the battle to my brain.....maybe next time...

-julie davis


Helen Cooper said...

I love your landscapes! Wonderful!

Valérie Pirlot said...

Lovely powerful painting Julie. I see what you mean about being a bit dark but I like it that way as it brings some interesting mood to the painting. Lovely composition and brushstrokes. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Cousart said...

Really nice composition. I always love a fence line! Enjoyed reading about the greens too- we struggle with all bright green here in Georgia so will keep working on that.

Barbara M. said...

This is stunningly beautiful. Outstanding.