Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Purple Door

Purple Door, 9 x 12

A group from Laurel Daniel's last plein air class has been meeting for Wednesday paintouts over the last several weeks. This morning we were invited to paint at a beautiful old German farmhouse in central Austin, built in the 1800s. The couple who owns it has, over the years, created a unique setting with an amazing variety of flora, stone walkways and large antique artifacts arranged throughout the property. As the weather in central Texas continues to warm, the lush shade here makes it all the more attractive to plein air painters.

By the way, today I painted from the center out, ala Richard Schmid. Hence, the large unfinished areas around the edges. The reason for doing it this way is that there was so much going on visually at this site,  this offered a way to isolate an area of interest.



6 comments:

Dana Cooper said...

Beautiful piece Stephen, this viewfinder effect makes me want to see the rest too, well done!

Kay said...

Such a departure for you..I love the light focused on the doorway..

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

the light... yes is great in this work

Angela Elledge said...

Stephen, I've enjoyed these last few paintings of yours, but have not taken the time to comment. This is very nice and very graphic, really like that pop of orange against the blues.

Celeste Bergin said...

um. that door looks blue --(not purple)? Just the same, it is a very nice painting indeed. Interesting that you started in the center. A beautiful entrance...you caught it's "majesty"

Caroline Bray Art said...

This has a wonderful mystery to it...it's a great piece!