Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Perils of Plein Air

There is no such thing as the unhampered artist. I know, I've been there.....hundreds of times!

Just when you think the light is perfect, the viewpoint solves most of your compositional problems and you're ready for the final 5 strokes.........the biggest, yellowest school bus comes and parks right in front of your easel!

I did have a memorable experience here though. Earlier in the day, I was about 2/3 finished with the painting when I became aware of someone standing behind me. A very polite voice said, "Your colors are so beautiful! May I take a photo of you and your work?" I thought I recognized her, asked her if her name was Ann and realized we had met the year before while I was painting "Down Holbrook". Ann is a poet who lives on Whidbey Island. I told her I needed help with a title and she came up with a great one: "Going for Green." I'll post a better photo of this painting for you later.


  1. The painting is much prettier than the actual scene. Way to go Michele!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us! I had been thinking of you today wondering if you are having a class at DS this month. Hope so.