Last Saturday I headed up to Park City to join the Utah Watercolor Society Paint Out. The location was off the main road, up a private lane to a pastoral setting with a great red barn. The time was evening just as the sun dropped down behind the mountains to the west. The color was great.
Everyone chose their spot. I set up right by a fence where I could look through the wood slats at a beautiful pasture with the cows in the distance and a couple of great trees in the middle of the field. I set up my chair, got out my paints, filled up my water container and started applying paint to paper. You get a different feel when you are plein-airing and that feeling ends up in your painting.
I was making great progress, look out at the scene, back at my paper, out at the scene. Do you know that feeling that crawls up your spine, something is slowly creeping up on you? Look at your paper, they are far away.
Look up and cows. They crowded around the fence and blocked my entire view. Then they started snorting which is just what you want when you’re painting with a water soluble paint.
After two hours the artists got together and set up our paintings to check them out. I did not finish the painting…..
but what I did finish has a great feeling of livestock and some nice spots of texture. You should MOOOOOVE on out and give plein-air painting a try. I’ll post the completed painting when I’ve finished scrapeing off the texture.