10/04/15 (3:45 pm)Today I had one of those plein air moments that make all the difficulties of painting outdoors insignificant. I spotted this little shore line breaking up and the vertical edge reflecting that bright value in the darker water, and was immediately captivated. I had just set up and was about 10 minutes into the painting when I looked up from mixing to see 5 elk strolling through the middle of my scene. The 3 in the photos below all stopped for a drink and a curious look at me and Lily before ambling away.
These guys didn't get painted visually into the painting, but they're definitely in there, wrapped up in the energy of it. This is what happens painting outdoors that can't occur when painting in the studio from a photo, the so cool experience of connecting with your subject while it is alive and unfolding before you. Awesome!