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.
This painting had a cute
happening. I was set up in front of my pick up truck painting on the street and
a young mother and her kindergarden son stopped to chat. She said her son saw me
painting on the way to school and when she picked him up from his half day
session he wanted to see the artist and the painting. The little guy was amazed
as I showed him how I used a brush to capture the simple shapes and colors laid
out before us. They only stayed a second but it was fun to share.