Studio Notes

a pair of geese flew by; outside my studio window; i’m glad elephants don’t fly

Jonas blew into town and I was Itching to go outside to paint

Plein air painting is a fun adventure. Usually. I had layers of clothing, and warmers, so it made the experience pleasant and inspiring until my feet started to feel the freeze from the ground, and the wind started to blow. Unfortunately, I did not have any warmers in my shoes so the cold transmitted from the freezing ground to my feet. It became too cold for me, and the paint hardened in the subfreezing temperature! The latter was a battle to move the paint around on the canvas. I was very glad that I brought my stiff bristle brushes. I quickly picked out the important shapes, values, colors and their intensity to describe this scenery. After about 30 minutes of painting, I quickly packed up and rushed back to my friends' home for warmth. Next time I shall be extra prepared. (Famous last words.)

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Schuylkill River Trail). Oil on cotton, 6 by 8 inches.

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Schuylkill River Trail). Oil on cotton, 6 by 8 inches.