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.
"Red Lanterns of Zhouzhaung", 6 x 8, oil on linen panel
The narrow streets of Zhouzhaung China are lined with
shops and restaurants. One afternoon several of us gathered along the
canal to paint. Here we are set up painting the scene. I am in the blue
shirt. The second photo is my painting in the early stages.