The sun moves, shadows change; there is only a short period of time that an artist has to capture the shifts of light and color when painting outdoors - but it is this very desire to distill the energy and freshness of nature that drives the plein air painter. Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters was formed to bring together artists who share this passion.
Painting outdoors is always different. Locations change, seasons change, but the biggest differences are the weather conditions. Yesterday was overcast and remained that way all morning. I expected the grayish sky to reflect its color in the River. So it was surprising to me that there were glints of blue in the water. Surprises like that are a positive for observing and painting up close. A negative surprise was that it was very breezy and very, very chilly.