Paint anywhere at any time.
For years, I have thought about doing some Plein air painting; it all seemed so romantic, but the idea of being so visible to everyone going by was a bit scary.
With so much external stimulation, I thought it would be overwhelming not knowing what to focus on and what if the image wasn't perfect. I would be humiliated.
So this is what happened and how the love of Plein air painting began.
It was a beautiful day, and we had a power outage out of nowhere. That meant I couldn't continue with what I was doing in the studio, so I threw some old tubes of color into a bag, a block of paper, and an easel (that I had not yet used) and went for a drive.
I found the perfect spot, thinking that no one would see me while I tried to build my confidence; then, out of nowhere, I was surrounded by a hundred birders.
That experience forced me to remove all the distractions around me, focus on what I had control over, and release my expectations of what I thought the outcome needed.
This type of painting releases the need for a line drawing and instead focuses on technique by simply allowing the water on the surface to carry the color and create some magic.