Remembered Landscape

Remembered Landscape, originally uploaded by Kathryn Law.

7" X 5", oil/stretched linen. Using the limited "grab-bag" palette described under the "Orange" post, I tried this Kevin Macpherson exercise to enhance memory and imagination while painting landscape. Those things are essential, because so much has to be edited when painting plein air. That's tough for a realist-still life painter like me, who's used to painting just what's there. Try doing that plein air, and you'll be out there all day. Imagination and memory help a lot with the editing process; this exercise involves studying a photo of a landscape for a few minutes (actually, he says 20 seconds), then putting it away and painting it from memory. So part of the result is remembered, and part is imagined.