My surgery was last Friday and all is well. I am back on my feet and looking forward to getting back to normal. Thank you to everyone who wished me well and kept me in their prayers.
Above are two small plein air studies in acrylic from recent weeks. There really is nothing like being outside painting. I enjoy plein air painting now even more since I've gone through an attitude adjustment.
When I used to only paint outdoors there was always a lot of pressure to "get a good one" meaning a painting that needed little to no work beyond what was done on location and was ready for a frame. It needed good drawing and composition, values & color spot on etc. That's really a tall order when painting outside. Add to that I was usually painting in a group and other artists would routinely go around to look at other's work in an effort to scope out the competition and it's no wonder that I felt a lot of pressure!
Today I paint outdoors just for the sheer joy of it and for the amazing opportunity to observe nature. Since I do a lot of larger studio paintings these days based on both plein air field studies and photos I feel much more relaxed about just sketching and doing studies outdoors. The focus has shifted from product to process and that has been a very good move for me.
Here are bunch of recent plein air watercolor sketches...