View from the Gas Station, Eustis // 30 Days 30 Paintings

View from the Gas Station, Eustis // 30 Days 30 Paintings

We’ve been all over and back again, some days I don’t finish the paintings, some days I rush the colors without making things “pretty” or I grab the crappiest brushes without thinking. I've been painting on gesso board, paper, illustration board and even cardboard when I run out of supplies.…. in the case at the Eustis gas station, which looked out at Flagstaff Lake and one of the prettiest views on the entire trip, I tore off piece of paper from my brown bag lunch bag and worked out the color study in the moment for a more thoughtful painting later. 

Though many of these scrap works will not be "the final final,"
 the practice of daily painting outside is a great educator. Colors on camera are never quite the same as in real life and if you can grab a moment to just capture a color study, you will feel more prepared to work your magic! Sometimes, I go back and see the reference photos looking darker, or duller, and if I pull out my color study I often find the same colors from my memory which helps me balance my memory with the photos I use for reference.

Stay tuned for the studio version of this color study. 

You can check out more insights about the art I've made during my Escape to Maine, 30 Days, 30 Paintings Challenge on Art Notes here

See the list of locations and corresponding artwork for  Escape to Maine, 30 Days, 30 Paintings Challenge here.

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