While in Houston, I am a fish out of water. Amidst the huge setting of brick this aqua-marine jewel sparkled. If plein air means: an outdoor scene painted totally from life, without the aid of photos, then this one meets the criteria. However, between me and this third story view is a window, so technically I was not in the open air. Is it any less authentic or romantic to know that Monet painted the Grand Canal in Venice from his accommodations with electric lights, and then went home and had them installed in his studio?My start - blocking in shapes of temperature. Building composition as I go, originally I liked the arch of the left structure; then I eliminated it, in favor of the one on the right.
The blooms increased during my stay. But one day I was saddened to see the pool and fountain were totally drained, my little oasis in the desert was gone.
"Springs in the Desert", 11x14, Oil