This is a plein air study that was started while in Rockland Maine this summer. In my previous blog post, I mentioned that I started this, and intended to return the next day at the same time and complete it. The ship was gone, so I fortunately had good digital reference from the previous day. I recently completed the piece in my studio. It is possible to complete an outdoor study this way if you have no other option. Obviously, I would have preferred to returned to the actual location to finish it....had it been possible.
When I am forced to do this, I usually do not finish the paintings. I felt this one might be fun to complete. When doing this, I try to keep the same feeling of immediacy by pretending that I have the same time restrictions, and try keep the brush work and overall feeling like my original statements in the painting. I think it illustrates the point that this can be done, and many artists do complete paintings that were started on location....for different reasons. I generally lose interest if a study is not completed in one sitting, but larger compositions often have to be revisited on subsequent days. One does what is required for the particular situation!
Until next time, thanks for listening to my ramblings.