Simon Bland

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A Few Small Outdoor Sketches

by Simon Bland / May 4, 2015 / Painting Landscape Plein air Sketch

Sketch of the north sky

North Sky. 6x4, oil on linen. 2015.

Sketch of the Catoctin Mountain

Looking Towards the Catoctin Mountain. 5x7, oil on linen panel. 2015.

Sketch at Trappe Farm

Trappe Farm Sketch. 5x7, oil on linen panel. 2015.

These are a couple of small studies done over the weekend from our back yard and one done on location at Trappe Farm in Upperville, VA. Working on these small canvases is an exercise in painting the light and big shapes, not "things".  I like them for their simplicity and as a way to set the mood for something larger.