A View from El Dorado Park

A View at El Dorado Park - Curtis Green
A View at El Dorado Park

An interesting aspect about being in the act of painting outdoors is it’s association with time.  The thought has occurred to me more than once, but never more so than on this outing.

The materials and equipment used in outdoor painting goes back hundreds of years.  Not many of the “Masters” are known for their outdoor sketches.  During those days the sketches were not considered works of art in and of themselves as we see them today.  That perception changed and was introduced during the Barbizon and Impressionism periods.  Artists, (particularly Monet) eventually became known specifically for their outdoor work that was usually done in a very short period of time.   However, before the Impressionists, the “Masters” produced many sketches also. They were usually referenced later in the studio for their “real” paintings.

This view at El Dorado Park, just north of Long Beach, CA. was done with a wooden easel, a palette, a hand stretched canvas and some newly acquired oil paints manufactured from a 19th century process. The idea of being engaged in a timeless practice was very present this day while painting this picture.

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