Paint What Excites You


Totally forget what you have heard about having to paint subject matter that is specific to the area in which it will be marketed. Instead, paint what excites you. For me, that is definitely NOT about subject matter. Typically it is either about nature's built-in color harmonies or tonal patterns.

Good Morning Main, 9x12 plein air. Private collection.

"Good Morning Main," (shown above) a piece that was painted during the Richmond plein air Festival in Virginia, was recently exhibited in the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association's Best of Plein air National Juried Exhibition. In fact, two of my pieces were accepted to the show. The aforementioned Richmond Virginia painting, and another one of shrimp boats painted in Apalachicola Florida.

"Good Morning Main," was awarded first place by Mr. Jean Stern, Executive Director of the

The Irvine Museum. Here is what Mr. Stern had to say:

Lori Putnam is one of my favorite plein air painters.  She is dedicated and persistent in getting the all-important feel of true natural light.  I always love seeing her work.

Now on it's way to Wyoming, it seems the collector who purchased the piece was more interested in the painting itself than in the exact location or subject matter. Ordinarily one might assume that someone in Wyoming would be interested in mountains, elk, and wide-open spaces rather than a busy city street scene.

I've heard many artist talk about how their West Coast paintings do not sell well here in Tennessee. I am up for the challenge! Of course you know, that means I need to make more trips to California.

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