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An Original Oil Painting executed en plein air by Fine Artist Jeremiah Jolliff
Preble County Ohio has more covered bridges than any other county in the United States! This was my first attempt of painting a covered bridge. No matter the subject matter, drawing is the most important aspect of painting. When painting en plein air, the clock is ticking. The scene can change drastically during the day because the Golden Chariot is riding high across the sky in a ceaseless reign along the ecliptic. Shadows dance and change about every twenty minutes, especially when the sun is at high twelve.
This painting was a high challenge because of the truss work that was on the interior of the bridge. When painting outdoors, it is an excellent idea to coat the entire canvas in a glorious tint of Winsor Newton Artists Raw Sienna Upon closer inspection, it can be seen how tinting the canvas really adds to the scintillating phenomena that occurs in nature. The truss work gains a luminous quality inside of the bridge and even where edges meet the raw sienna shines through on occasion here and there just as the great solar energy imbues all objects with power and glory.
Time is of the essence whilst painting out of doors. There is a small trick that can aid the plein air artist and that is pre-mixing seasonal colors. For this painting and many others during the summer, there are a few basic mixtures that i premix for the season and fill Empty Aluminum Paint Tubes I have three mixtures: sky blue, tree green, and meadow green. The recipes for these colors will be available in the forthcoming ebook. Using these mixtures gets me near the colors seen in nature of the aforementioned elements and i can vary them according to weather conditions, time of day, and the species of vegetation.