The Challenges When Plein Air Painting

Here was my subject on day 1


Plein Air painting is always tricky and full of surprises.  You never know who you are going to meet while painting, what they will say to you nor what challenges you will face other than the on going moving shadows and changing subject.  In this particular case, I didn’t have enough time to finish my painting.  So I thought I would finish it up the next week if it was sunny.  Boy, was I surprised when I came back.

Oh my gosh ... they drained the Lake!


When I returned to finish the painting, this is what I saw.  It was just too funny.  Who would of thought they would drain the lake?  So not only was I dealing with a moving subject as the shadows changed everything, I had to also imagine where the water line would be on the rocks and what the water reflections would look like.

Mmm … I think this one will be finished in the studio.  Every painting has a story … there is no question about that.  

“Morning on the Ohio River” 11×14 oil by Dawn B. Dwyer

“Morning on the Ohio River”

“Morning on the Ohio River”  11 x 14 oil  by Dawn B. Dwyer

This was painted at Eden Park in Cincinnati, Ohio on a hot overcast day.  You can see there is beauty in an overcast day as the colors were quite magnificent.  While I was painting, there was quite a bit of enthusiasm about this painting.  Several people stopped to photograph the painting while it was in progress, there were also shouts from a few cars as they passed by expressing how much they loved the painting.  It was painted “plein air’ which means that it was painted out of doors and in natural sun light.  I really enjoyed this day painting at the park.  Although when you look at this oil, it is quite and peaceful,  there was actually a lot of excitement that day.”Morning on the Ohio”.   Inv # 3007