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Choosing Your Own Color Palette

            Choosing Your Own Color Palette In the next few posts I will be answering frequently asked questions from students and professional artists about painting on location with oil paints and discussing how to use colors, values and how to create a personal palette by using 4 colors plus white. I will explore how easy choosing your own color palette can be as you develop your style of painting. This is aspect of painting included as an essay in my book that I am writing titled, “Everything You Need to Know about Plein Air Painting.”…

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Christmas Day in Yosemite Valley 2003

Yosemite National Park: Christmas Day in Yosemite Valley 2003 Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 8×12 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Board Framing 5″  Custom 24k gold leaf frame Signed Lower Right – Baumann On Verso Christmas Day in Yosemite Valley Stefan Baumann 2003 Artist’s Comments In 2003 I lived in San Francisco, and during the Christmas holiday I loved to go to the Sierras (especially Yosemite) to reconnect with memories of my visits to the National Parks as a child. I left early at 5:00 am, drove about 3 hours before I entered Yosemite Valley, and then went to a…

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The Grand View: Vernal Fall

Yosemite Park: The Grand View, Vernal Fall Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann   28×18 Oil on Oil Primed Linen Canvas Stretched on Wood Bars Framing 4″ Silver leaf with name plate The Grand View Signed Lower Right – Baumann LR 04 GV Artist’s Comments Vernal Fall is one of the most stunning vistas in America. Every year,  tens of thousands of visitors make the two mile trek up to the base of the fall and then half of them continue up the right side of the fall along Rainbow trail to the top. Rainbow trail is named for the…

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Christmas Morning in Yosemite 2002

Yosemite National Park: Christmas Morning in Yosemite, 2002 Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 10×14 Oil Canvas Mounted on Board Framing 4″ 24k Handcrafted Frame Signed Lower Right – Baumann GV 02 On Verso Opus 23, Stefan Baumann 85 Cerritos SFCA 94127 415-333-7070 Artist’s Comments Journal, December 25, 2002 It’s Christmas morning and the morning sky is illuminated by the rays of the early morning sun, and my tent and campsite are in the cold shadow of El Capitan, one of the prominent granite landmarks that towers 7,569′ over the valley floor. The shadow shrouds my tent. It is true that…

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Sunset on Mesa One

Sunset on Mesa One Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 12×18 Oil on Canvas Stretched on Wood Bars Framing 3″ 24k antique custom gold frame Signed Lower Left – Baumann On Verso Sunset on Mesa One  Stefan Baumann Artist’s Comments Journal Entry, April 16, 2001 I’m enjoying my trip to Arizona and New Mexico. At a trading post in Indian Lands, I came across an antique postcard. The sepia image was of a cluster of buildings on top a mesa. I remembered seeing the image before in an old history book. I purchased the card and began my search for…

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Glacier Park: Mountain Goat’s First Lesson

Glacier National Park: A Mountain Goat’s First Lesson  Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 40×30 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Wood Stretcher Bars Framing 6″ Gold Fluted Custom Frame with Laurel leaves around top edge Signed Lower Left Baumann GV Verso Stefan Baumann Mountain Goats in Glacier National Park Artist’s Comments I am fascinated by the amazing courage that the Glacier Park Mountain Goats have. When I painted this painting from my imagination, I visualized the breathtaking scenery they inhabit and the steep cliffs that they call home. I remember once seeing an adult goat scurry up the side of…

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Grand Canyon: North Rim at Noon

Grand Canyon: North Rim at Noon, Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 6×8 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Wood Signed Lower Right – Baumann 03 On Verso Grand Canyon North Rim Artist’s Comments The North Rim of The Grand Canyon is one of my favorite places to paint. The North Rim is less visited than the more popular South Rim, and since its location is remote, the visitors that come here often stay a week. After painting all morning, I returned to the lodge feeling disappointed that the light was flat. But, then it occurred to me that not every…

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Yosemite Foot Bridge

Plein Air Etude: Yosemite Foot Bridge, Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 6×8 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Wood Framing 31/4″ Wood Signed Lower Left – Baumann 03 Yosemite On Verso Yosemite Foot Bridge Stefan Baumann 03 Artist’s Comments When I travel, I will often scout out interesting places to paint like this foot bridge in Yosemite Park before I bring my paints and easel to the site. Other times, I bring my thumb box along with me just in case I find something that is irresistible to paint.  This little foot bridge was located near Bridal Falls,  and  it was…

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Yosemite: The Arches

Yosemite: The Arches, Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 6×8 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Wood Signed Lower Left – Baumann On Verso Yosemite Bayumann 03 Artist’s Comments This little sketch was painted on another visit to Yosemite. As a painter, I  always see beauty everywhere. Sometimes I have my easel, and other times, I travel with my thumb box. These little sketches offer me a way to capture just as much information and inspiration as I can get on a larger canvas but they take less time. I’m just as committed to the smaller sketches as I am to…

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Mesa Verde: Among the Anasazis

Mesa Verde National Park:  Among the Anasazis Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 30×20 Oil Canvas Stretched on Wood Bars Framing 4″ 24k Handmade Ornate Frame Signed Lower Left – Baumann GV 03 On Verso Among the Anasazis StefanBaumann Artist’s Comments Journal Entry: Oct 15 , 2003 Leaving Arches National Park, I drove south toward Mesa Verde. Traveling is tenuous since signs of incoming storms are visible everywhere. The the changing weather tempted me to change my plans and head westerly away from the destination that I have waited so long to see in person. But, I decided to press on…

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