I woke up the other morning, craving fresh air. I’ve held myself hostage indoors for way too long. It was time to get out and do something exciting for a change. Marc worked on my easel while I prepped my canvas, mixed colors and readied myself for Plein air painting. After bundling up, we head out into our yard and set up my easel next to the creek. I’ve been wanting to paint this little creek since we moved here.
I had the most amazing experience. Yes my fingers were red from the cold, but it was soooo worth it! I went out again yesterday and today and it was really warm out. This afternoon I set up my easel right on the waters edge and thoroughly enjoyed painting in glorious sunlight all afternoon. I’m so looking forward to spring!
One thing for sure, is next time I plein air paint, I’m going to go fully prepared!
I know how easy it is to lose control of ones palette…..
In fact I had this experience yesterday, I should have filmed it to demonstrate how to lose control of ones palette, hahaha!
Experience taught me to always pre-mix base colors at home and adjust them as necessary later, so you can get to painting and not spend an hour mixing on location. Trust me, it really saves time. You only have limited space on your palette, so plan carefully where you are going to place your pre-mixed colors so you can have room to work.
You’re probably wondering what these piles of premixed colors are? Stay tuned!
I know I had planned on giving you a video on how to paint a still-life, unfortunately we lost some of our video footage. Too bad, because I put so much work and effort into it. I withdrew and painted quietly, posting on occasion. Ready to give up. It was all of your emails and notes encouraging me to keep at it. That you were so appreciative of all the content I had shared in the past and how much it helped you. It was all of you and all of your support that motivates me to share my passion for oil painting with you. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and for sticking with me.
Here’s something you’ll Really Love…. a video I filmed while painting a creek in our back yard. 48 minutes of painting close up!
Still wondering about the premixed colors? Plein Air painting on Salt Spring Island with Naomi Grindlay