Not all painting must be accomplished in one’s garret. Aside from leaving the garret to teach, another great reason is to go paint on location. Since my time at university, I have found painting on location and especially out of doors to be rewarding and good practice. It is good practice because it is a challenge – a challenge to seeing, a challenge to skill, a challenge to colour mixing, a challenge to speed. Anytime a painter paints outside, the scene is usually subject to change in a very short time. Generally, when painting on the West Coast, my goal is to complete a painting or have it very well established within half an hour, after that time it is a work-from-memory situation as the whole composition could have and probably has changed dramatically from when it was first started. A plein air painting has the special quality of being a moment in time captured in paint.
This entry was first posted on August 2, 2014.