Plein Air!

I did a quick plein air sketch last night for the first time in a very long time, like…years.

I’m not sure why it’s been so long. I guess because these little studies are, for me, actually quite difficult and it’s very easy to “miss” when trying one. For instance on this one, if you watch the above video you’ll see the light changing constantly – sun in and out of the clouds, which not only affects how one sees the painting as one works, but also means the subject changes wildly from moment to moment. What you may not see is the rather blustery breeze at my back that at times made it difficult to hold the brush steady for a focused stroke. Also it was cold. My little artsy fingers were freezing:) I know I know, do I want some cheese with my whine?

I say all that to say – oil painting can be difficult and frustrating enough on its own, so throw in all these circus factors and a limited time constraint, and I guess that’s why I have the ultimate respect for painters who do this outside stuff well, and why I haven’t mustered up the gumption in a while to give it a go. But I’m gonna try to do more. They are great exercise, and a deeper experience than sitting in a studio. When I look at this little painting I’ll always remember my cold fingers and hear the geese honking in the field behind me.

ALSO: Keep your your eyes open for a fun little surprise at 5:50:)

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