Red cabin sketch, oil on linen, ca. 14 x 18 inches

Red Cabin sketch, oil on linen, ca. 14 x 18 inches

Red Cabin sketch, oil on linen, ca. 14 x 18 inches

Red Cabin sketch, oil on linen, ca. 14 x 18 inches

Winter is coming with its cold, rain, snow and short days. Actually in december and january we only have about 5 hours of daylight. But I had a wonderful time today doing this red cabin sketch which measures about 14 x 18 inches. This was the second sketch of the day. The first was of a white birch tree which was growing in a fascinating way, but about an hour into the session I realized I was in over my head. So I wiped it down and found a new location. I was much more pleased with this one which took about 2.5 hours.

I find it helpful to have a man made structure in the landscape. It gives a sense of scale and it allows for the surroundings to be painted more freely and abstract. This red cabin made for a very good focal point. It sits on the bank of a lake on the outskirts of Reykjavík. That little green house is a boat shed. The lake actually stretches right in front of the cabin, but because of the tall grasses and bushes I didnt see it from my vantage point. There is also  small rowing boat turned upside down on the bank but again I did not see it sitting down by my easel. I think I will pick another point of view next time I visit the place.

There is something about painting in plain air compared to painting from a photograph. I do enjoy it much more. The colors are so much more vibrant, and I really feel apart of the landscape.