Weathering the Weather - Perspectives No. 325
Weathering the Weather
Plein air painting is fraught with many challenges—weather usually being the biggest. When we travel long distances to paint, all we can do is try to anticipate a variety of temperatures and climate conditions and pack accordingly. My experiences over the last six years teaching at the annual Susan K. Black Foundation workshop in Dubois, Wyoming led me to assume that I could confidently paint outdoors in watercolor under good light for at least a few hours each day, no matter the temperature. The reality this year, however, was quite different.
In a nutshell, here is my process: After I take a promising picture, I plug the card into my computer and open it in Adobe Bridge (editing and selection window). I double-click on my favorites opening them in Photoshop CS. Once open, I make sure I am working in Adobe RGB, not sRGB. I duplicate the background layer, and begin to adjust colors, values, sharpness, etc., in layers, repainting them. I also clone stamp out things like phone poles and cars. For more detailed information, see our series of articles, Photoshop for Artists, Parts I, II and III.
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