"En Plein Air" Paintings and Drawings http://www.colinstarkevich.com/apps/photos/ "En Plein Air" Paintings and Drawings Down the Connaught road (oil on canvas) This is my first attempt at a plein air painting. I drove out south of Wainright, AB one weekend while I was in school specifically to create my first plein air. I remember it was cold that day sitting in the back of my RAV 4 with the door swung wide open painting away with cold hands on this little table easel I had set up. I noticed how different it was to paint outdoors from real life. It's a different feel I must say, trying to capture the essence of the real landscape can be quite challenging. It was even challenging for me to choose what to paint. It was a great experience however and I feel that going outdoors and painting from life does help sharpen the eye. http://www.colinstarkevich.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=164588748 164588748 Near Vermilion, AB (oil on canvas) This is probably my favourite plein air. I remember I was in school in the morning and headed out down Indian Lake Road which is just north of Vermilion, AB in search of something to paint. I came across this little shack which I had sketched before, I would walk around that area looking for deer sheds (antlers) in the spring, I consider this place "one of my spots". It was the first snow fall of the season which gave everything a nice little dusting of white. I think after I painted this I had to head back to school for an afternoon lab. It was kind of fun actually trying to pick time slots on when I could create art while I was a student. http://www.colinstarkevich.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=164588750 164588750 Near Mannville, AB (oil on canvas) http://www.colinstarkevich.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=164588747 164588747 Sturgeon River, north of Edmonton, AB (oil on canvas) This plein air was created during Autumn on the Sturgeon River near my home. I wasn't trying to go for a realism effect in this plein air. I was trying to capture the feeling of autumn and the feel of that specific place at that specific time. http://www.colinstarkevich.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=164588749 164588749 Interior of old building down 50th. 1 (oil on canvas) Down one of the back roads I drive down where I grew up in Edmonton there is a field with 3 old shacks which have been heavily weathered. I always admired these shacks every time I drove by them. I remember a sketch I have of them that I did when I was 17 years old, and I have sketched them a few times since then. Then this past spring it finally dawned on me to paint a plein air of them and instead of painting their exterior like my pencil sketches of them, I decided to paint the interior of one of them. I remember I sat in this shack for close to 4 hours painting this small 8 by 10 canvas. It was extremely windy that day and a few times I thought the shack was going to blow over on me. I returned to the same shack a couple days later where I painting "interior of old building down 50th. 2". http://www.colinstarkevich.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=126259547 126259547 Interior of old building down 50th. 2 (oil on canvas) http://www.colinstarkevich.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=126259548 126259548 Flood plain of South Sask. River near Bow Island, AB ( 16 by 20" oil on canvas) http://www.colinstarkevich.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=154999214 154999214 Badlands near Bow Island, AB ( 9 by 12" oil on canvas) http://www.colinstarkevich.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=154999212 154999212 Cottonwood Tree on South Sask. River (8 by 10" oil on canvas) There is something about the Huge Cottonwood trees in southern Alberta that spark an interest in me. It was a few weeks before christmas when I went out one weekend and painted this tree alongside the river. I remember it was a bit chilly but I had a small fire built beside the easel I had set up to keep me warm. http://www.colinstarkevich.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=148831161 148831161 South Saskatchewan River (20 by 30" oil on canvas) This is by far the largest plein air I have ever created to date at 20 by 30 inches. I painted it a week or two after I painted the Cottonwood tree. This painting was also created just a few meters away from that Cottonwood tree too. After 5 hours of working on it beside a small fire and boiling water to make hot chocolate to keep warm, a snow storm blew in which left me with no choice but to stop painting. But I guess thats the thing with painting outside, you never really know what can happen or even if the elements will let you finish your work the way you want to or not. Either way, I was able to learn a fair bit by creating this piece. Every so often I try to challenge myself a bit more than usual to help increase my skill as an artist and ability to see things as is. http://www.colinstarkevich.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=148831572 148831572 Sturgeon River in summer, east of Sunnyside Road (oil on canvas) This was a really nice plein air for me to paint. I was working a lot the past few weeks then ended up finally getting a day off out of the blue. So of course I went and painted. This painting is of the Sturgeon River just north of Edmonton, AB off of Sunnyside road. I go to this place quite often in my spare time. This day it was nice to relax from work and paint here, in fact it was almost to relaxing. I ended up falling asleep on this large log alongside the river for about 20 minutes or so. I was awakened to some splashing noises down the river. When I looked up, right where the river takes a bend there was a young bull moose splashing around in the river. I thought it was pretty cool to see, he didn't stick around long enough for me to add him into the painting however. http://www.colinstarkevich.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=164589141 164589141