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A few years back I spent a day with a friend who is a noted oil and pastel plein air artist. I thought it might be interesting for others to look over his shoulder to see what he sees and how he works. He finishes his work in studio so I never got to see the final product before it sold.

I've included some photographs of his completed works at the bottom of this gallery for you to admire. Bear in mind that most of the photographs were taken with low resolution cameras or phone cameras without color and light controls but you can still appreciate the quality of the art.

This Looks Like a Good Spot

This Looks Like a Good Spot

A Closer Look

A Closer Look

Obtaining Permission to Paint

Obtaining Permission to Paint

Setting Up His Gear

Setting Up His Gear

A Blank Canvas Ready to Go

A Blank Canvas Ready to Go

Ready to Begin, But What Does He See?

Ready to Begin, But What Does He See?

Roughing In an Outline

Roughing In an Outline

Rough Outline Finished

Rough Outline Finished

Filling in Shapes and Colors

Filling in Shapes and Colors

Bringing in Darker Elements

Bringing in Darker Elements

Taking Shape - A Work in Progress

Taking Shape - A Work in Progress

Basic Elements Established - Time For Some Details

Basic Elements Established - Time For Some Details

A Skillful Dab Creates a Tree

A Skillful Dab Creates a Tree

More Detail is Added

More Detail is Added

Detail Adds Life

Detail Adds Life

A Closer Tree Requires More Detail

A Closer Tree Requires More Detail

His Plein Air Portable Studio

His Plein Air Portable Studio

Let There be Water

Let There be Water

The Plein Air Draft is About Finished

The Plein Air Draft is About Finished

Take a Closer Look

Take a Closer Look

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Category:Artistic
Subcategory:Paintings
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Keywords:Steve, Woolery, air, art, artist, bear, oil, paint, painting, pastel, plein