July Plein Air

Our evenings in Colorado have been warmer than usual but beautiful just the same. In the evening Plein Air Class I like to paint sunsets - but on this particular evening there were no clouds on the horizon so I turned to the south for a view across the road and that fire hydrant called my name.
In class situations,  I usually work small and this 6"x8" panel allows me to finish on site while giving students a clear example of my process.
Above is my finished piece, a snap of the view, and also my black and white (2 value) sketch. Because I am working small, the choice of subject is simple and I am most interested in getting a strong light and dark pattern.

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