September 30 Plein Air Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2015

For the month of September (Spring - Yay!) I have set myself a challenge to paint a plein air (outside painting) every day. It's great to spend time outdoors after the cold winter months and learn a lot in the process. This is all 30 of them good and bad!
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'Day 26 Tall Gums and Wattle' I painted this on a tall skinny board to emphasize the height of the gum trees. The Wattle flowering nearby was moved into the painting. I love the colours of the Wattle and the creamy tree trunks along with the peeling shreds of bark caught in all the branch forks.

'Day 26 Tall Gums and Wattle' I painted this on a tall skinny board to emphasize the height of the gum trees. The Wattle flowering nearby was moved into the painting. I love the colours of the Wattle and the creamy tree trunks along with the peeling shreds of bark caught in all the branch forks.

'Day 28 Early Morning - Gateway Sanctuary' There was a soft fog when I first started to paint and it gradually changed to warm sunshine on the still water. The Wattles are still blooming and there were waterbirds swimming about in the reeds.

'Day 28 Early Morning - Gateway Sanctuary' There was a soft fog when I first started to paint and it gradually changed to warm sunshine on the still water. The Wattles are still blooming and there were waterbirds swimming about in the reeds.

'Day 24 Lake Jubilee' Early morning at Lake Jubilee and the lake was very calm and still with only a slight breeze to ruffle the water. The water birds were active and looking for breakfast. The first rays of light were catching the tiny island and casting reflections in the water.

'Day 24 Lake Jubilee' Early morning at Lake Jubilee and the lake was very calm and still with only a slight breeze to ruffle the water. The water birds were active and looking for breakfast. The first rays of light were catching the tiny island and casting reflections in the water.

'Day 16 Moonahs - Ocean Grove' I love the twisted shapes and patterns of the Moonah trees and this view through to the Barwon River Estuary was the subject that attracted me today.

'Day 16 Moonahs - Ocean Grove' I love the twisted shapes and patterns of the Moonah trees and this view through to the Barwon River Estuary was the subject that attracted me today.

'Day 10 Rail Trail Gum Trees in Spring' It's interesting to contrast how my favourite Rail Trail gums look in Spring to the corresponding paintings done in Autumn. There's a lot of lush green grass following the winter rains. (Dry yellow grass in Autumn) I was feeling a little ambitious today, (probably due to the nice weather), and painted a size quite a bit larger than my usual plein air paintings, I wasn't sure if I'd manage it but I was quite happy with the end result.

'Day 10 Rail Trail Gum Trees in Spring' It's interesting to contrast how my favourite Rail Trail gums look in Spring to the corresponding paintings done in Autumn. There's a lot of lush green grass following the winter rains. (Dry yellow grass in Autumn) I was feeling a little ambitious today, (probably due to the nice weather), and painted a size quite a bit larger than my usual plein air paintings, I wasn't sure if I'd manage it but I was quite happy with the end result.

‘Day 30 Birds Nest Fern Abstract’ Something a little different for the lucky last.I loved the abstract shapes of the unfurling new fronds in the centre of this Birds Nest Fern in my garden. It was, however, a very overly green subject. I gave myself the challenge of painting it with as little green as I was able to manage.

‘Day 30 Birds Nest Fern Abstract’ I love the abstract shapes of the unfurling fronds of the Birds Nest Fern in my garden. 30 Plein Air Paintings in 30 Days

‘Day 29 Barwon Heads Bluff ‘ The rugged rock cliffs, wind pruned bushes, rocks, creamy sand and crashing waves were the subject of today’s painting. The challenge was to simplify and capture the feeling of the scene with exciting brush strokes.

‘Day 29 Barwon Heads Bluff ‘ The rugged rock cliffs, wind pruned bushes, rocks, creamy sand and crashing waves were the subject of today’s painting. The challenge was to simplify and capture the feeling of the scene with exciting brush strokes.

'Day 27 Bluebells in the Garden' Ok it's spring and I couldn't resist the Bluebells any longer! What fun I had sitting in the garden with warm spring sunshine painting these happy flowers.

'Day 27 Bluebells in the Garden' Ok it's spring and I couldn't resist the Bluebells any longer! What fun I had sitting in the garden with warm spring sunshine painting these happy flowers.

'Day 25 Tangled River- Daylesford' The last rays of evening light on this little corner of the river are captured in this little painting. There was a tangle of fallen trees, twigs and overhanging branches. The banks were covered in tangles of green ferns.

'Day 25 Tangled River- Daylesford' The last rays of evening light on this little corner of the river are captured in this little painting. There was a tangle of fallen trees, twigs and overhanging branches. The banks were covered in tangles of green ferns.

Day 23 Brolga Statues - Geelong Botanic Gardens’ These two Brolga Statues standing on the backs of Turtle /Dragons are an iconic part of Geelong. Surrounded by lush, green foliage In the Geelong Botanic Gardens, I was dodging rain showers to paint this.

Day 23 Brolga Statues - Geelong Botanic Gardens’ These two Brolga Statues standing on the backs of Turtle /Dragons are an iconic part of Geelong. Surrounded by lush, green foliage In the Geelong Botanic Gardens, I was dodging rain showers to paint this.

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