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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Rework a Plein Air Painting With Layers

Who isn’t excited about plein air painting? It gives the artist a chance to commune with and feel a part of our natural world.

From my earliest days, I remember sketching landscape subjects outdoors. My parents would always remind me to take along my drawing and watercolor supplies to journalize our family vacations. I was known as the artist in the family.

But as I learned more about design, composition, value, color and shapes, I found plein air painting getting harder and harder. I could get started, but then it was like I forgot everything I knew about art.

Over the years, I’ve stopped apologizing for not being able to always render a masterpiece on location, although I have had some successes. I’ve ...

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