Lesson 3: Painting Outdoors

with John Loughlin

Painting from photographs is convenient, but nothing can compare to painting from life. When painting outdoors, the light changes quickly, affecting colors and cast shadows, so you need to focus on capturing the mood and recording the basic shapes of a scene. Don’t try to render every detail; you don’t even need to complete the entire painting on site. For example, for this painting of a New England seaside, artist John Loughlin concentrated on sketching the shapes of the clouds and the changes in value throughout the scene’s dramatic skyline while he was on site. Then he filled in his outlines with various vibrant colors back in his studio.

Color Palette

black, burnt sienna, cadmium orange barium*, ...

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