It rained today for the first time in a long time.
It was also a Plein Air Painting day, when I had hoped to join a group of outdoor painting enthusiasts for the afternoon in Pescadero. I hemmed and hawed, and ultimately decided to just go, and bring a very simple setup in case I ended up sitting inside and sketching at a table.
I am so glad I did. It wasn’t raining in Pescadero, and I finished two pieces and most of a third.
I remembered that when I traveled to Thailand and lived in a bamboo hut in Laos, I had a very simple art setup and I was very happy. I made art that I loved and was proud of, and it didn’t involve any complicated steps. Just me and a sketchbook and a few things.
So that’s what I brought today. My watercolor set, my water brush, a pencil, some Micron waterproof ink pens, and my InkTense blocks. I worked on a pad of 6″x6″ watercolor paper attached to a clipboard.
Here’s what I got in 3 hours:
Interesting practice. I think I’ll do it more.
1. Simplicity – working with fewer materials frees me to do more observing and being still
2. Making art on location, outdoors – sitting still with the subject, and being there are so different from memory or a photograph
3. Finishing in one sitting – usually not possible with the way I work in mixed media, this felt really good!
I am excited.