Yesterday there was time to slip one more plein air effort in under the wire of arriving rain showers, now torrential. Standing in the garden behind a popular area restaurant, I focused on a fountain; the sound of falling water is so relaxing and makes painting more enjoyable. It was suddenly like a day in November, chilly and wet. There were no interesting shadows to work with, due to overcast skies. The lion face in the fountain was difficult and I should have slowed down and focused on a piece of this, but the statue in the background also appealed to me. Working plein air is for me mostly fun but also an organizational challenge. I need a flat surface nearby on which to rest stuff, and usually don’t have one; brushes roll off the easel and into the grass. (I suspect that whoever invents a light-weight mobile solution to this will make a lot of $$.)
This was the last chance to try for another painting under the rules of the “plein air” competition ending today. With the heavy rains now, it may be a challenge just to get over to the gallery with my work as some roads around here flood quickly. But two paintings are now done in a 24 hour time period. These days, when we all sense how little we actually ‘control,’ there is some satisfaction in this!