Saturday, October 13, 2012

Last Roses of Summer

Last Roses of Summer
I realized that plein air, doesn't necessarily mean outdoor painting.  It means from life or nature.  So that being said, these are the  roses from my garden.  Doubt if  there will be anymore for this year.  It is always fun painting from life.  Happy Painting everyone.


8 comments:

  1. Hello Joan:) I love them. The colors are very nice and the roses are beautiful painted. Very nice! I always struggle on them:( Have a nice sunday!

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    1. Hi renate,

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment. Yes enjoy your Sunday as well.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  2. What a lovely warm picture which reminds me of summer, just what I need here with a clear blue English sky and the first frost ... Everything white including the cars!

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    1. Hi John,
      Thank you. I can't believe you have frost in England. We got pretty cold temps the last few days, now we are back into the high 60's and possibly 70. But the cold is just around the corner. Bundle up and stay warm.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  3. Hi there Joan!... A lovely still life study of those last bright summer roses. Great colour and treatment of the petals on each!

    Not to argue with you because it really shouldn't matter... but "plein air" by its French original definition describes paintings made in the outdoors rather than in the studio. My argument is that all of the "kafluffle" surrounding the notion that plein air painting is a purer form of painting and is superior to studio painting is pure bunk!

    When I began painting outdoors... it was simply called that... or painting on location. Now it has become the "go word" for an industry which creates special equipment, workshops and even clothing... all promoted to hype the (false) notion that "plein air is where"... the best paintings are made!

    Paint from your heart ... as you have been Joan... and don't try to pigeon hole your works or feel that you have to justify them... to any one. The quality in each of your pieces already speaks of that,... whether done "out there"... or in your studio! Just one fella's view... for what it's worth!

    Good Painting.... wherever!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  4. Hi Bruce,

    I stand corrected. As I write, can't help to think Monet is rolling over in his grave. Plein air definitely means outdoor painting. You are right about the present day movement, there are more and more artist that I know who try to get outdoors to paint weekly. That is a good thing, it's wonderful being out there enjoying nature in all its glory, but in no way is it superior to studio painting.

    Your are perceptive Bruce, I was trying to justify painting indoors the day I painted my roses. Not because painting outdoors is superior to indoor painting. It was more convenient than gathering my equipment and going to a location.

    So, lesson learned , plein air means outdoors, or in the fresh air and capturing the light and studio painting is indoors. Okay, I sense Monet is happy now, thank you Bruce, for taking the time out to make me aware of the difference.

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  5. These are gorgeous Roses Joan, and beautifully painted.
    Picking up on Bruce's point, I absolutely agree that I'll never produce my best work "plein air". But no matter how bad my outdoor paintings might be, I'll still paint "plein air" whenever I can because it's just good to get 'out there'. ;-)

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  6. Hi John,
    Thank you, just returned from your blog and love your latest post. I agree with you John, it is so difficult painting outdoors, sometimes overwhelming. I find it incredibly difficult. I started two years ago and still can't seem to produce anything on the spot. It's always back in the studio in my comfortable space to remember what was out there, through my sketches and photos. I also agree with Bruce, it is good to get out there.

    All the best to you,
    Joan

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