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American Ruins

August 31, 2011

American Ruins, 11x14, Gouache

I suppose I could call this a plein air painting, but it would really be stretching the truth as far as the generally accepted understanding of “plein air” is concerned.  It was painted outdoors, but I was sitting in the shade of my brother-in-law’s back deck, working from a laptop image.  I’ll have to find a term for that kind of outdoor painting.  When we make our lifestyle change and start living and travelling in the motorhome, I expect to spend a lot of time painting outdoors, both actually on location, and also sitting under the awning wherever we’re parked.  At any rate, this was started on the deck in Ohio, and finished in the studio in Texas.

It’s a view of the barn at Highway 36 and Wilson Road near Centerburg, Ohio.  I took a number of reference photos from different angles, so there may be a couple more paintings of this old barn yet to come.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2011 11:17 am

    Lovely painting Ralph, whatever way you painted it. Well done and all the best.

  2. August 31, 2011 11:46 am

    Wonderful piece Ralph. I love your work.

    Let’s call it: “Fresh Air Studio Painting.”

    or perhaps: “Plein Air Studio.”

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