Oil on linen - 8x10"
This was painted on a gray, blustery day this summer. Didn't plan on putting all the colour in, just kinda went that way.
This post is inspired by lots of personal experience - including some masterful whining - and from noticing, in teaching over a hundred plein air students this summer, that for artists new to the plein air game, there seems to be an idea that it is supposed to be, hmmm - easier.
25 Truisms of Plein Air Painting
- There will be rain.
- You will be cold.
- There will be sun.
- You will be hot.
- It will be windy.
- Your easel will fly.
- Bugs will bite you. Right on the back of your neck just as you are laying in the key highlight on the water.
- People, curious people with no sense of personal boundaries, will appear from out of nowhere behind you and enthusiastically exclaim, "Hey! Can I see what yer doin'?" Usually just as your painting has entered the ugly duckling stage.
- You will fight with your gear.
- Your gear will win.
- You will bring way too much stuff.
- You'll vow to downsize.
- It will take a very, very, very long time for this to occur.
- Your painting will look nothing like what's in front of you. Most of the time. This can be good. This can be bad.
- You will learn and grow and improve each time you go out.
- It won't feel like it.
- You will feel frustrated, lost, confused, hopeless and very much like a total beginner. Alot.
- You'll feel like you will never get it.
- You will get it.
- You will develop superpowers of sight.
- You will build character.
- You'll have rich experiences that will turn into treasured memories.
- You'll deepen friendships through the bond of shared adventure.
- There will be a sense of passion, joy, peace, inspiration, connection, and wonder available to you every time you go out.
- 24 is the very best part. And the easiest to lose sight of. Unless you forget easy, forget comfortable, forget outcome; and tune in to that.