Saturday, September 29, 2012

Painting Outdoors

When painting watercolors en plein aire (at an outdoor location), real problems exist for me that aren't present in the studio:  the dryness, wind, temperature, etc.  Watercolor paints dry very quickly, the watercolor paper dries out too soon, bugs get in my paint, sometimes people even interrupt me to see what I am doing!  I enjoy that last part but must keep working to avoid weather conditions.

This watercolor of a small Catholic church in Manitou Springs was painted from the curb on a great morning.  I was using Arches 140 lb paper clipped to a piece of masonite and Windsor - Newton watercolor paints in a travel box.

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