Peter Ligon

Region: West

 For the past several years, I have been exploring plein air landscape painting on small panels, interpreting subjects and spaces selected from arbitrary locations. I search for a subject that combines vernacular built structures set against the flora, sky, ground, and light of the location. I also look out, unfocused, at nothing specific, to catch a sense of interesting color relationships. Once I see what might work well in a composition, I block out on the panel the main areas of light and dark, then mix and lay in paint as quickly as my overly careful instinct will allow. I paint in my hometown of Dallas as well as on frequent trips to Taos, Maine, and Vermont.