Oil on canvas panel, 9″x12″
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I started this painting at Point Pinole last month but it had so many problems that I put it aside and never posted it. Today I decided to give it a do-over. It was either that or reclaim the panel by covering it in gray paint and using it for another painting.

When I compared my photo of the scene to my painting I could see how far off I really was — I’d both enlarged and shrunk the scene and painted distant details I couldn’t really see. So I did some redrawing, repainting, and I’m happy with the progress I’ve made and the understanding I’ve gained since the first version.

Of course there’s a huge difference in the level of difficulty between painting in the studio vs. painting plein air where the day’s changing light makes the scene change constantly. Even so, I’m missing painting outdoors and have vowed to get out there again next weekend, no matter what the weather. I wimped out this weekend while we were having a cold snap (for the SF Bay Area — frost in the morning and then temps in the low 50s during the day).

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Landscape, Oil Painting, Outdoors/Landscape, Painting, Plein Air
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  1. Oh, Jana! This is incredibly well done! Beautiful scene and color –!!! Reminds me of Karen Winters’ … (I mean that as a wonderful compliment!!!!) … I so admire her work …. and look at you!! Right up there with the best …!!! BRAVA!!!

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  2. I so admire seeing you go from subway and cafe sketches to works like this landscape. I have such difficulty with landscapes and so dislike doing them. I really like your suveyor paintings. We see them on the highways often yet I never would have thought to paint them!

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  3. This one’s like a breath of fresh air.

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  4. Love your contrasting play with warm and cool colours! The distant mountains have beautiful colour!
    For me, it is usually the hands that get too cold in cold weathers, we’ll have to try Nina’s handwarmers!
    ronell

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  5. Jana, I have no idea, except from your descritpion, what the first try looked like but this is beartiful! I love the little bit of color in the sky and the softness of Mt. Tam set against the chrispness of the shrubs in the foreground.

    I saw a painter in a video painting with knit gloves with the fingers of the right hand cut out, thought those might come in handy as it’s been cold here too.

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  6. I can feel the wind in this one!

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  7. Really nice, Jana. The sky is beautifully done, and I like the time-of-day feeling from the shrubs in the foreground. Good subtle shadows there. Nice colors on the hills, mountains too. Overall a “haunting” sort of painting. It has a real mood to it. Nel

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