6 x 8 in. Gouache on Illus Board. 2011
Today was our first day to go plein air painting at the Arboretum in Arcadia, CA and our instructor is the amazing Mike Humphries. He painted a demo that morning, emphasizing on painting background first and foreground last. Painting with opposite elements was also a key factor in his approach. Soft against hard, cool against warm, saturated against de-saturated, light against dark. I also noticed that he would push or pull certain objects to make for a more clarified painting, even if it wasn't true to what was really in front of him. The above painting was my work for the day. Thanks for the help Mike!!!