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Monday, September 26, 2011

Painting En Plein Air

"Hats by the Powder Horn" acrylic/canvas MMSikes
Painting en plein air has always sounded intriguing to me, but I never tried it before last Saturday. Although it rained some off and on, the weather was not too bad. Since I use a variety of materials and larger canvases than many artists, I can't move my work station quickly in the event of sudden rain showers. Because of that I found a protected alcove where I could paint using photographs I'd taken earlier in the week in the restored area of Colonial Williamsburg.
"Colonial Garden" MMSikes

I was thrilled to create two new paintings from scratch. Normally, I would never have spent all day Saturday painting. This was fun! Next time, hopefully the weather will be sunny. Maybe I'll get a French easel, but for my work it will have to be a big one.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad the rain didn't 'add' to your paintings, Monti!

Monti said...

Thanks, Alex. When it sprinkled a couple of times, the rain blew in and added a bit of texture.

Susan Oloier said...

Beautiful paintings! What a wonderful experience--to paint outside!

Monti said...

Thanks, Susan. I love having a day now and then just for painting!