Although I haven’t had much time recently for outdoor painting and the weather has been just plain nasty, 2014 was a good year for plein air. I had my first ever show featuring my landscape work at the Latvian Center in San Francisco and I’m happy to say that it was received well. A recent illustration project has kept me in the studio for the past month, so I hope to get in few landscape pieces over the Christmas break the moment there’s a break in the rainy weather. Here are some of my favorite plein air studies from 2014:
Looking back on it, 2014 was full of highs and lows. As usual I learned a ton and made many, many mistakes. I am beginning to feel that plein air painting will always be the most challenging thing that I do as an artist. Nature seems to be infinitely more complex than any illustration assignment I’ve ever handled. What could be a better way to continue honing my skills? Until next year, Nature.