In the warmer days of summer, I had the pleasure of going out on a couple of plein air painting excursions with my Mum and Dad on Salt Spring Island. One of those days we drove up Duke’s Road, a place we’d never explored before. (To read all about another excursion click here.)
When you are out to paint plein air, it’s easy to keep going and going, looking for that perfect spot but then time goes by and before you know it, you’re tired out and haven’t done a darn thing! So we agreed to make a pretty quick decision. We stopped by a barn near the side of the road yet even with its appeal, I found myself drawn to the dappled road winding its way up the hill.
And so that’s what I painted. Eventually the sun moved (and I ended up in sunshine instead of shade!) and there came a time when I began ‘dabbling’ – ie. time to stop!
Back in the studio, weeks later, I had a look at the pastel. Hmmmmm…it needed some work. And so, along comes the danger of overworking a piece in the quiet of the studio. It’s a tightrope to walk that’s for sure; you don’t want to lose that plein air feel.
Let’s have a look:
I’d love to know what do you think of the process? And the end painting?? And is this still a plein air painting?
Happy International Artist Day!! As they say on the website:
October 25, International Artist Day, is to honor the contribution artists have and are making to society. Use this day as the opportunity to take an artist to lunch [I’m all for that!], buy that painting that’s been haunting you for months, visit a gallery, go to the symphony or participate in something creative that is “outside the box” of your day to day life.
I also want to take the opportunity on this Artist Day to say how much I appreciate your being with me on these blog journeys. Without you and everyone else, I’d be talking to thin air. So keep those comments coming and let me know you’re there 🙂
See you next time,