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.
Watercolor on Pentalic watermedia sketch pad. 5"x8"
Tried my hand at plein air painting in 20 degree F temperature.
The sketching was a little sketchy because I kept my gloves on to start.
I thought the paint would work better because I had a water-filled brush. The paint was freezing as I tried to apply it to the paper making flat flakes of slush that could be brushed off.
I quit when the paper got too cold to accept any paint at all. It was a fun attempt.
Hot chocolate was an excellent follow up.