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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Use a Plein Air Painting for a Studio Piece

Do you have a box or shelf where you store failed paintings? I have a couple of them, and though I always plan to go through them someday and throw most of them out, I never seem to get to it. And maybe that’s good—sometimes those unsuccessful paintings can lead to a way out of a block. To do that, I find a plein air piece in that box and paint it again—better, I hope—in my studio.

In 2010, I stayed with a painter friend in Germany, about an hour south of Munich at the edge of the Alps. During my visit, the weather was unseasonably cold and rainy, so we visited some local churches one day, including St. Wolfram’s, a very small, old country church. I was struck by the plainness of most of the architecture ...

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