Plein air in Clayton


Haven’t posted in awhile! Knee injury, but recovered enough to attend a workshop last week by acclaimed artist Frank Eber. One day we painted outdoors in the small town of Clayton, and I completed this painting, 7 x 10″.  Below, the actual building I observed from my camping chair. As you can see, I changed a lot to create a narrative in my depiction.

Clayton Bldg


About Beth Bourland

Artist Beth Bourland's sketch journal about observing, appreciating and responding to everyday moments.
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3 Responses to Plein air in Clayton

  1. Hi Beth,
    Never left a comment before, but I had to tell you that I really like that large tree behind the building! The wet into wet technique and the interesting shape make this little painting sit tall. Been looking to take from Frank Eber. Hear he teaches a great class. But, living down here in the Keys makes it hard to take workshops from the big guns! Also like the simple composition you put together, no dumpster or cars in front, and the added figure with dog does tell a nice story. Congrats!

  2. Margaret Lirones says:

    I like your version better than the real image. You could give the building owner some ideas. Glad the knee is improving!

  3. Boninie Crosse says:

    Creating a narrative is the key. I hope I can learn that lesson from you.

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