Although I love painting portraits in the studio, I get a sense of freedom and communing with nature when I am out of doors painting. To me the elements of nature play an important part in the development of the painting and the freshness and spontaneity that the work takes on. I love the sounds of birds and other animals, the wind rustling through trees, the movement of light and shadows as the clouds pass by or on a cloudless day just the changing shadows and color as the sun moves across the sky. Sometimes there is a lighting effect, ie..shadow, highlight etc. that appears that wasn’t there earlier and I feel it adds to the composition or interest of the painting.
These next three paintings are in the TPAPS (Tucson Plein Air Painters Society) members exhibition at the Desert Museum. The show is in the Ironwood Gallery at the Desert Museum in Tucson and will run from April 5, 2008 to May 18, 2008. A percentage of the proceeds from sales will go to help support the Desert Museum. A number for more information at the Desert Museum is 520 883- 3024 or you can contact Russ at email@example.com.
This painting was done when my nephew Dan Perkins and I went out painting together during his visit at Christmas. We managed to get two paintings done during his visit. Here we were driving to go into the Saguaro National Park and before we got to the entrance we saw this magnificent view and parked the car on the side of the road and began to paint.