|Igloo Planter - plein air 12x9 oil on panel|
My awesome Mother-in-law is constantly giving me cool things to fill with plants, like the two featured in this 12" x 9" oil on panel. Since the inside liner of her vintage Igloo water cooler had rotted out, it was given new life as a planter for an agave. Along with the Mexican floral pot, with wrought-iron stand, she had given me the perfect objects to paint on a sunny patio.
I love to paint contrasting subjects like this... natural vs manufactured metal objects. When your subject matter opposes each other you're already on your way to a good composition before you've even set up your easel.
I tried to work as quickly and loosely as possible, with a self-imposed time limit of 2 hours or less. I think it took about 90 minutes to finish it.