Monday, June 10, 2013

Plein Air in the Rain

I’m a fair weather plein air painter.   I like paintings splashed with sunlight, not drops of rain.  Shadows give paintings a sense of depth.  Well placed shadows can navigate a viewer around your painting -- theoretically. Rainy days -- forget it -- my studio beckons.  Cloudy days -- my basement is stuffed with cloudy day paintings that never see the glow of a light bulb on a gallery wall. 

So when Ohio plein air painter, Susi Havens-Bezaire, contacted me saying she was looking for artists to paint with during a nine month plein air odyssey, all I could say was YES.  Of course I knew that killed any chance of her four days in Petersburg being sunny.   Susi started her odyssey in Arizona sun.  It chased her north to Ketchikan.  And Wrangell.  I was available during two of her four days painting in Petersburg.  You guessed it.

So, on two for sure studio Painting days I had a wonderful time painting with Susi and several of our Petersburg artist friends outdoors despite weather that midwest farmers prayed for last summer. 

I even completed a piece the first day.  The idea of combining painting with a picnic got in the way the second.  Cooking hot dogs always interferes with art for me.  Karen wasn’t as enchanted by the hot dogs and scored with her camera -- subjects for rainy days in our studios.  Maybe I should paint a hot dog next time.

                           Rainy Day Light    9 X 12 inches    Alkyd on Canvas

                                             Plein Air Painting Weather?

                                                         Of Course!

                                   Joe Viechnicki and his number one fan, Leia.

                                        Karen's photo of skunk cabbage

                                 And an alder branch draped with lichens.


Di said...

This painting is exquisite, very good piece. Have a good week!

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Susan Christensen said...

What a fun couple days! You braved our rain to great results. Karen, that last photo especially is a jewel.
Hope you are out there painting in the sun this week.
Love, sus

Carol Swanson McCabe said...

I love the "Of Course" picture with umbrellas unfurled...truly Petersburg!

Don and Karen Cornelius Artwork said...

Thanks,Di, Sus and Carol. We need to embrace what these rainy days offer more than we do.