|Tree At St. Mary's, 20" X 26", (1985), inquire here for print.|
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Painting For Your Life: A Plein Aire Fiasco
So what do you estimate. Two, hours? Three? I spent a week inventing and building a portable easel, such that when it collapsed it became a nap sack full of paint supplies, two stools, a wet palatte/painting caddie, a lunch and a water jug to last all day. I parked across that field where the leaf hangs down, in front of that building, St. Mary's Seminary. Hoisted it all on my back and hiked to this spot. I spent the next three days painting the most overworked, hideous scene of this tree and it's surroundings. Perfect mudpie. Had to jazz the piece up a little back in the studio. Alright a lot,. You can't see any of the original three day effort. My new plein aire kit sure worked, though. Never used it again.