I crave working in The Great Outdoors. As I get older, I tend to need more sunlight to keep my life in balance. Light and air, intrinsic to life, are also crucial for a successful painting. As a result, most of my compositions for landscape paintings are competed Plein Air, outside the four walls of my studio. It is gratifying to watch the light play on the various elements of my subject, and to appreciate the subtleties of color and tone as the day lengthens and they deepen into shadow.
I am even able infuse my paintings with what I am hearing during these excursions: the trill of birdsong visually becomes a feathered friend, the whistling wind visually becomes a turning of leaves, the skittering of paws visually becomes a furry squirrel. In my painting of the water trough (seen below) the utter stillness and peacefulness of the farm is reflected in the cool clear water and the empty square panes.
I was honored to be invited by the Brandywine Conservancy to paint plein air at Kuerner’s Farm, childhood playground of Andrew Wyeth. Throughout his life, Wyeth drew artistic inspiration here, creating hundreds of his paintings here- many of the farm itself. I came to the farm wanting to see it and feel it the way Wyeth did. I decided to paint the water trough in the tradition of Wyeth’s Spring Fed, a personal favorite of mine.
This composition was drawn on-site in three hours. After the client approved the composition, I returned to the farm to draw more sketches and photograph the farm. The completed watercolor painting took four weeks to paint back in the studio.
See Studio Painting of Little Brook Farm ➡
Nick Santoleri ~ Artist | Pine Ridge Productions, Inc.
1515 West Chester Pike Unit A-6, West Chester, PA 19382
In Historic Chester County, Pennsylvania