Sketch Marathon Day 10: Revisiting a Plein Air Notan Sketch

North Field. 8x10, oil on linen panel. 2016

North Field. 8x10, oil on linen panel. 2016

Sketch marathon day 10. Starting to feel like I'm making some progress.

[Before I continue, I have to say that this sketch didn't photograph very well (much like yesterday's painting). I'll try to get a better image when the paint has dried a little.]

Yesterday afternoon I went out to paint on location. The spring greens were out in full and I struggled to make sense of them on the canvas. To make things harder, I didn't have any OMS with me. I scraped everything off and came home.

Today I pulled out the notan sketches that I'd made on location and used them to create this painting. I didn't use any photographs (I've stopped taking my camera with me when I go out to paint), instead I simply relied on my memory to fill in the gaps. When that wasn't enough I pulled out some of my recent sketches and used those as a guide. Despite my failure in the field I felt that I learned an important lesson from doing that.


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