First Plein Air Paintings in a Long Time
Well, I finally went back outdoors to paint, after nearly a year and half. The weather was beautiful today, and I was out of excuses. I had forgotten how much of a challenge it is, making decisions and painting quickly before the light changes. Both are gouache. The first was done on illustration board, at a rural park not far from me. Not particularly inspiring, but I was painting bare winter trees (not my strong suit), and relearning what the gouache does both on illustration board and outdoors. Not satisfied with the morning’s work on the first one, I went back out in the afternoon to an old abandoned farm to try again. The second is on gessoed masonite, and while I still felt like a beginner, I was at least on familiar ground.
There is a definite difference between the way the paint works on the two different surfaces.
I’ll go out again soon. Need to make sure I’ve got everything done for a show in Tyler, Texas this weekend, so it may not be tomorrow, but I now know I need to get back out as soon as possible.
8×0 on illustration board
9×12 on gessoed masonite