I looked at the portrait of my grandson this morning and wondered if I should work on it, or do something different...something that I have wanted to do for a long time....Plein air painting. I chose the latter, went out and found subject matter, and came home shortly afterward. It seems that today was only productive because of what I learned NOT to do. For those who may be interested please read on.
In future I will NOT....
1. ...take a medium that I am not familiar with. Struggling with watercolour paint (which I find difficult at the best of times) in the rain...however cleaner than oils...was not a good idea.
2....be unprepared. It took me far too long to throw together a kit. I will be working on one this afternoon.
3....go out and park on a slushy, messy road that is used often by others driving at a fast clip.
4....think about everything that I MIGHT need. I will simplify and only take a few paints rather than my whole supply. What I cannot finish in the field will be finished at home.
5....take a LARGE coffee. Not only was there more to clean up when it spilled, but the are no BR facilities for aging ladies with small bladder capacities.
I did meet some of the locals...from a distance. Several that live near the abandoned home that I chose to paint, checked me out from their car, several times.
I am going out now...to try again...from the comfort of my own backyard...using oils. If nothing else, it feels REALLY good to get out of this house after such a long winter.