Plein air painting is not exactly a walk in the park.
That was my lesson from last weekend, when I participated in the first annual Mariemont Paint-Out.
Organized by the Woman's Art Club of Cincinnati Foundation, here is the event description from their website:
I've never done plein air painting before, but I adore our neighborhood, Mariemont, so I decided to give it a try.
Specialized plein air easels exist, but I don't have one... my setup probably looked ridiculous!
Personally, what I love about Mariemont (pronounced Mary-mont, for those outside Cincinnati) is the canopy of trees over the beautiful old homes. It makes for excellent views on a walk, so I painted the bend in the road which is usually the end of my walk home:
Moving really fast - trying to capture the light while I can...
I painted for 2 hours on Friday morning, then returned at 8:30 Saturday morning to give it another go. Took a break mid-day. Altogether, probably spent 7 hours on this?
I realize now that I looked like a crazy person. Oh well.
Here's my finished piece! I love how thick and juicy the paint got while I was trying to work in some fast layers. It was still wet when I photographed this, so please forgive the glare.
Plein air painting was a new kind of challenge for me. It really changes the way you perceive your subject. I'd love to exercise that technique more in the future!