I spent this past weekend at the 40th anniversary of the Oktoberfest in Seymour Indiana. I decided to set up my easel and paint a scene of the bank along with the booths along the edges of the street. The following images chronicle the process:
Keying up the canvas:
Lots of people stopped to watch while I worked. It was encouraging to see that people are still interested in painting and respect the craft.
Progression of the painting:
I painted this scene over the course of 3 days to make sure that the light was consistent. Thankfully I established the direction of the light and the main light and dark patterns so I could still work on it when it got cloudy.
Adding a foreground figure helped to push the building back in space.
The folks at the red booth in the center of the picture bought the painting on the last day. I had offers from several other people as well.
"Seymour Oktoberfest" (SOLD) oil on canvas 18"x24"
This was the largest plein air landscape I have ever painted. I had also never painted from the same place over multiple days. I learned a lot about the advantages and challenges that the extended time, crowds, and changing weather provided. It was very exciting and rewarding and I look forward to doing this sort of thing again.