Monday, February 20, 2017
Plein Air Painting Poncho
The weather had some rain in the forecast today but my hardcore plein air painter friends weren't intimidated by a small threat of rain. We met up and painted at Indian Lake. When we first got there we were sure it was going to rain on us and we laughed at each other for all bringing watercolour. We all paint either watercolour or oil but we all took a gamble and chose watercolour. Once we set up the skies seemed to clear so we got to work. I quartered off a sheet of paper in order to get four small studies in. I got one study done and it started to sprinkle on me. I walked over to where my friends were painting and, of course, there was no rain where they were standing so I went back to my spot and did another. We broke for lunch and the rain let loose while we were inside enjoying cheeseburgers and roast beef sandwiches. My friends and I are either crazy or truly hardcore because as we watched it rain we discussed where we could set up to continue painting after lunch. Lucky for us the rain let up and we made it back to the lake to continue our adventures. We chose different spots and got to work. Shortly after getting back to work the rain rolled around again. I've only been plein air painting for a few years so I'm still fairly new to all the quirks that come along with it, however, being a fairly "outdoorsy" type I know how to be prepared. Two years ago I bought some cheap rain ponchos at the dollar store for, wait for it, a dollar. I've had one in my bag ever since and always joked about when I was going to ever get to use it. It's almost like a talisman, as long as I keep it in my bag with me I'll never need to use it. I ended up using it today, but not in the traditional sense.
Mini-Lammert Paint Box and it's perfect. It fits inside a messenger bag or a backpack and makes hiking with my gear so much easier. I've used it for both oil and watercolour and it works well for both. In my short time as a plein air painter I've learned that being able to pack up quickly in inclement weather is always a plus so I'm very grateful to have this smaller box that makes things quicker and easier. There's even room to carry a cheap rain poncho inside.