|Lily Pads at Heron Bend 3x5" watercolour|
My group of plein air painting friends and I have been asked to have another group show. It will be in February 2018 but we're already in the planning stages. We had to come up with a title for our show and I jokingly threw out the name Plein Air Don't Care. I sometimes use it as a hashtag on Instagram when I post my plein air adventures. Sometimes it's the attitude I feel you must take in order to keep doing what we do. For example, it was 104F today but I don't care, I still went out to paint. Evidently fishermen and most other people don't take on a similar attitude. I ventured out twice today and went to three different locations. The first two I was all alone, except for the frogs, which was fine with me.
|Path at North Heron Bend 5x4" watercolour|
Each sketch took me only 20 minutes. It's amazing what you can get done when there's nothing around to distract you. Oh, and sweltering heat to keep you motivated.
|Lily Pads at Riverview Park 3x5" watercolour|
This last one was done at 9PM. There was still a hint of sun as it was setting but unfortunately it wasn't enough to light my palette. I took Petey (one of my dogs) down to the river for a walk. I figured I'd paint after we got done and he was more than agreeable to that arrangement, however I forgot to bring my book lights and the car lights were attracting too many bugs so I did this one in the dark. Considering how it turned out I'm going to proudly display this as a good argument for using a limited palette. I couldn't see what I was mixing but I know what paint I have and where it is on the palette so I was painting with no light but not completely in the dark as they say.
Also, it's world watercolour month so get out there and celebrate!