Wednesday, March 31, 2010

River Farm {Plein Air Painting}

20100331 River Farm 12x16

River Farm – 12" x 16" (30.5 x 40.6 cm) – Oil Canvas Panel

Wednesdays are my days to go out and paint en plein air. This schedule was started a few weeks ago, where I go out with an artist friend who has lots of experience painting outside. I am still learning about how best to paint landscapes while also dealing with the elements.

Today we faced windy conditions, one gust tipped my easel over, spilling palette, canvas panel, and all the contents stored in the easel all over the place… I was just lucky that my turp/OMS was not open yet. So from this little adventure I now know attach my easel to something heavy to avoid future times where the wind may catch the a flat canvas panel and change its function from a painting surface to a kite.

It was a fun experience, though I am exhausted from it! It reminds me of Sara Winters blog post from last year about how plein air painting can be challenging. It is and this is why I am going to keep at it, because I like the challenge :) even when the outcome does not quite match what I had in mind.

Have a wonderful evening, and thanks for reading,



ale balanzario said...

Hola Elizabeth, I love the atmospher of this painting, youre getting better every day.!!

Thanks so much for your last visit, your words really made my spirit happy.
I will contact you later about the "Sring" watercolor.
Thanks so much.

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Hola Ale! Thanks for the kind words and support! I really appreciate it. And you are most welcome, I love visiting your blog and seeing the sweet and kindhearted drawings. The "Spring" watercolor just struck my heart in a special way.


Vivek Sisodiya said...

Hi Elizabeth,
I think its a nice idea to have a schedule for such outings. It ensures constant output along with learnings too.
This is probably all the more important to non professionals enthusiasts.

I've recently discovered your blog and i really like your work. Keep up the good work!

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Welcome Vivek! I am glad you stopped by and said hello :)