Thursday, January 17, 2013
January 2013 - plein air
Hello. I admire a lot of artists, and like many artists on Facebook, I have many Facebook artist friends. We enjoy seeing each other's work and reading about each other's studios and methods, but it is really fun to get to meet and paint with these friends in person. When I noticed a post from an artist, who was painting in my area, I decided to contact her. Since I have lived and painted in VT for 33 years, I know a lot of good painting spots, and it was nice to share them. Renee Lammers and Suzanne Brewer are Maine plein air painters, and I got to paint with them on January 14th. I must admit, I love outdoor painting in the spring, summer, and fall, but painting outdoors in the winter.....I am a whimp! Well, my normal solution for painting landscapes in the winter is to look out of a window from the comfort of a warm house or car. But, painting outdoors in winter with others somehow helped, and the only things that really got cold were my hands. We painted in Waterville, VT in the morning, and I did a small watercolor/gouache looking up a hill at some logs, and in the afternoon, I painted along Route 109 by the frozen Lamoille River. Towards the end of the day, my brushes were icing up, but I had a great time and hope to go out with them again before they head back home.
So, if you get a chance to meet and paint with other artists, reach out. You will be glad you did!