Birch Meadow at Slavin Conservation District

Birch Meadow Slavin Conservation Distr B0920
10″w x 7″h watercolor on 140lb cold press wc paper.

Birch Treeline at Meadow

Birch treeline in early spring at a meadow of Slavin Conservation District. This painting began as a plein air day with friends from Spokane Watercolor Society (SWS). I shared in an earlier post about the outing. I am putting this post up to show you how a plein air day inspires in my studio.

Plein Air Outings

Plein air is something dearly loved by this artist. I’m not sure if it is the feeling of freedom that I feel while painting outside or is it the amazing colors, smells and excitement that inspire me to grasp for more in any piece that begins outside.

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Here is the watercolor sketch I brought home with me from the outing. An idea of the colors and layout. My phone was full of pictures I took for me to work from for all the details.

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Meadow in early Spring, with a birch and pine treeline at Slavin Conservation District, Spokane WA.

I quickly added basic underpainting tones in the sky and meadow between the treeline when I got back in the studio. I do this to remember the feel of what I saw, till I could take the time to finish it later.

Painting en plein air is sometimes cold or hot and a little tiring but it is always a worthwhile event for me. Not only do I get to walk and draw/paint outdoors, I get to see fellow artists too. There are no better group of people than the crazily creative artists of our world. We are the people who see beauty that others don’t notice. Unnoticed beauties that capture our heart,inspiring us to bring life back around in beautiful colors and lines, till another can basque in it’s discovery.

If what I have painted gives your spirit an uplifting feeling of appreciation, then I have succeeded. My heart is smiling.

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An artist with realistically surreal colorful style in the Inland Pacific Northwest, Valerie Woelk.

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