This year she is attending at least 5 "en plein air" events across the United States.
After watching her, it was our turn! I chose to paint the river, thinking it would be much easier than the home that over looks the park that she chose. I felt like I was back in kindergarten learning to finger paint all over again! Below is a photo of the view I chose and the last picture shows my attempt at "en plein air."
As you can see, I have a long way to go! But, I am not giving up! This is a hobby that in which I have invested heavily and I love it. Granted, I have much to learn, but I am determined to conquer this hobby.
Toward the end of the class I walked around and viewed the other student's works. Several were VERY talented and gave me pause as to whether or not I was in the right class. Yet, I can't help but feel that being at the bottom will only help me rise to the top sooner. I didn't realize when I signed up for the class that I had missed the color mixing, paint strokes and several other important classes Tracey offered this past Spring. I immediately signed up for these classes which start again in October and last through December. I am hoping by then to be able to show you much improved paintings!
It's crazy all the things one needs to haul out to the chosen site; paints, mediums, brushes, loads of water (because it is hotter than Hell out there), easel, chair, and paper towels, just to name a few things. Then, just after you get all of this set up and you think you are ready to go, you get a call.... yes, I had to pee! Thank God, other students were there to keep their eye on my things. I'm not quite sure what I will do when I take off on my own.
The other problem with painting outdoors is that people passing by feel the need to stand behind you and watch. It was quite unnerving, to say the least. When I get good, however, I pray they come and watch and buy!!!