A Not-So-Plein Day Painting

Admittedly it's been a long time, okay, a really long time since I've painted outside of a studio. I could count on both hands the number of times I've hauled around painting supplies to make work "on location." Maybe once or twice a semester during undergrad, my painting professor (who I adored) would have us schlep our crap around campus (see, I told you it has been a really long time) and we would spend the next couple hours "looking busy" but not making anything substantive.

 Beautiful way to start the day.

Beautiful way to start the day.

I remember being told that "youth is wasted on young" and I have come to the conclusion that much of college is also wasted on the young. That painting professor I adored? He taught us how to build panels, stretch canvas, and showed us the occasional slideshow but I don't remember learning how to actually paint. I'm sure he was willing and tried to share his knowledge. Or maybe he was just waiting for us to ask. I realize more and more the chances I let slip away.  So many opportunities to question, to learn, and to improve... all wasted on youth.

No more. This fall I am attending a couple workshops (which I am excited beyond words about) that each require plein air experience and I hardly consider myself experienced in this type of painting, So in an effort to avoid humiliating myself, I've decided to get a little practice in before I travel across the country and embarrass everyone who knows and loves me. Besides, I figure I can embarrass myself just fine here on this blog. So stay tuned. 

After two days "in the field" here's what I know: it's really hard (read: nearly impossible) for me to work on only one painting at a time. Harder still? Trying to actually finish that one painting in one sitting.  Sure, I had similar issues during my 30 in 30 painting challenge but this plein air stuff takes it to a whole new level. If I got frustrated or stuck during my 30 in 30 paintings, I could walk away for a little bit. Not so when you're racing the clock and chasing the light. Once you start it, you're in it. 

Here's hoping my painting and my focus improve.

 In Progress...

In Progress...