Last week I remembered how at peace I am when I am out in nature, painting the beautiful California landscape. I am still very new to plein air painting, but I know I want to do more of it. Each time I return I realize I learned something new, and many times what doesn't work. I embrace all of it, the good and the bad. I know I need to commit to practice, patience, and persistence in order to become a better artist.
The amount of spare time I have seems to shrink day by day, but I will continue to find blocks of time to put brush to canvas. I'm a little spoiled living in sunny California as far as the elements go, but I am beginning to see some of the challenges of painting outdoors. Bug bites, wind, gnats (lots of gnats!), bright sun blinding the canvas, etc. but all of these things make each session even more memorable.
Until next time (which I hope is very soon!)
Towsley Canyon, Santa Clarita, CA