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These works were painted en plein air, outdoors and on location

Composition ~ The Foundation of a Painting

Published on September 17, 2016 under All Posts
Composition ~ The Foundation of a Painting
I woke this morning with the feeling that something had changed.  The air felt a little crisper, the sky looked a little darker and I could smell the earthy scent of leaves scattered on the ground in the woods. Yes, this is the feeling of fall, my favorite time of year! To celebrate the season, this year I am offering a September workshop that includes painting outdoors with a focus on Composition. An important element in a painting is a good compostion which includes line, balance, movement, abstract form and many other details that are needed to create a great…
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Choosing Your Own Color Palette

Published on December 21, 2014 under All Posts
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 color, value, and how to create a personal palette by using 4 colors plus white. I will explore how choosing your own color palette can be easy as you develop your style of painting. This is aspect of painting will be included as an essay in my book that I am writing titled, “Everything You Need to Know about Plein Air Painting." For more information, please go Artist’s posts at www.StefanBaumann.com.…
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Christmas Day in Yosemite Valley 2003

Published on August 24, 2014 under Currently Available Paintings
Christmas Day in Yosemite Valley 2003
Yosemite National Park: Christmas Day in Yosemite Valley 2003 Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 8x12 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Board Framing 5"  Custom 24k gold leaf frame Signed Lower Right - Baumann 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 predetermined…
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Christmas Morning in Yosemite 2002

Published on August 21, 2014 under Currently Available Paintings
Christmas Morning in Yosemite 2002
Yosemite National Park: Christmas Morning in Yosemite, 2002 Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 10x14 Oil Canvas Mounted on Board Framing 4" 24k Handcrafted Frame Signed Lower Right - Baumann GV 02 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 it…
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Sunset on Mesa One

Published on August 16, 2014 under Available Paintings
Sunset on Mesa One
Sunset on Mesa One Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 12x18 Oil on Canvas Stretched on Wood Bars Framing 3" 24k antique custom gold frame Signed Lower Left - Baumann 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 the…
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Golden Gate Park Arboretum

Published on August 14, 2014 under Architectural
Golden Gate Park Arboretum
San Fransisco:  Golden Gate Park Arboretum Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 6x8 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Wood Signed Lower Left - Baumann Artist's Comments San Francisco was my home for 25 years,  and as a landscape painter, I liked the challenge of integrating my passion for nature and for urban landscapes.  Golden Gate Park is one of my favorite places to paint in San Francisco, and the Arboretum is a stunning example of Victorian architecture in this first class setting.  I must admit that I was intimidated by the complex, ornate details of this beautiful building.  But, I…
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San Mateo Drive-In Movie

Published on August 13, 2014 under Architectural
San Mateo Drive-In Movie
California: San Mateo Drive-In Movie Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 8x12 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Board Framing 3" Pine wood frame with natural finish Signed Lower Left - Baumann Verso San Mateo Drive-In Movie Artist's Comments As an artist I’m always fascinated when inspiration happens. My passion for the landscapes of western America is strong, but I do love to paint urban subjects as well. This week, I was caught in a traffic jam in San Mateo, California,  and I looked over the guard rail and noticed this abandoned Drive-In Movie.  Although I had driven by it many…
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Lava Beds Painting: Juniper Tree

Published on July 31, 2014 under Landscapes
Lava Beds Painting: Juniper Tree
Lava Beds Painting: Juniper Tree  Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 8x10 Oil on Linen Canvas Mounted on Birch Board Framing 2" Baroque design Gilded Gold Frame Signed Lower Right - Baumann Date: 2005 Verso On Frame in Ink 6200, On Board, Lava Beds, Stefan Baumann Artist's Statement Journal Entry: October 13, 2005 I came into the park late in the evening and had only a gas lamp to light the way as I unloaded my pack and set up my tent. Then, I sat down and enjoyed the cool dry night air. The high desert night was dark and…
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Mt. Shasta, Faery Falls: Wapiti Sanctuary

Published on July 30, 2014 under Currently Available Paintings
Mt. Shasta, Faery Falls: Wapiti Sanctuary
Mt. Shasta, Faery Falls:  Wapiti Sanctuary  Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 24x18 Oil on Oil Primed Linen Canvas Stretched on Wood Bars Framing 3" Gold handcrafted frame Signed Lower Right - Baumann 14 GV Date Completed: 2014 Verso Wapiti Sanctuary, Faery Falls, Stefan Baumann Artist's Comments I was hiking up a trail to Castle Lake near Mount Shasta, CA, when I noticed a crystal clear creek called Ney Springs,  heard a faint sound of water rushing and  decided to follow the creek. The sound grew louder as I hiked along the banks of the creek that became steeper. Then…
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Grand Canyon Painting: In Resplendent Awe

Published on July 22, 2014 under Currently Available Paintings
Grand Canyon Painting: In Resplendent Awe
Grand Canyon Painting: In Resplendent Awe Original Oil by Stefan Baumann 12x 16 Oil on Oil Primed Linen Canvas Stretched on Wood Bars Framing 3 1/4" Omega dark Wood with gold inlay Signed Lower Left - Baumann GV in Red Paint    Date Completed: 2005 Verso Frame Inscribed in pencil “In Resplendent Awe” Stefan Baumann 2014 Branded in to the wood Masterpiece Pro in Pen by the artist “In Resplendent Awe” by Stefan Baumann 2014 Artist's Comment (Journal Entry, May 15, 2005) The Grand Canyon of Arizona has always held a fascination for me as an artist as a place of…
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