Pastel plein air painting
Greg Barnes, “Scipio Morning,” 2011, pastel, 11 x 14 in., Private collection, Plein air

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir® Magazine, shares a favorite painting from a previous issue.

“I don’t change the color, I just push it. I push it a little bit beyond what is there. If I am looking at a gray house or sky, I first look for the temperature — is it warm or cool? Then I pick up the closest color that I see and start with that. As a result, my paintings have more expressive and vibrant color. I tend to see a lot of color in a scene, a skill gained from observation over time.”
— Greg Barnes (“Seeking Contrast,” December-January 2019, PleinAir Magazine)

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