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.
FLOWER MERCHANT original pastel painting by Clare Klaum
I plein air painted at the Harvest of the Arts festival in Carlisle yesterday and it was bustling with people, music and activity. So much so that it was a little overwhelming to choose a subject matter to paint. So I focused in on a flower vendor in the market square with a barrel full of dried hydrangeas which are one of my favourite flowers. I kept it small and chose a 5 x 7 pastel board. The weather turned out to be perfect for painting.