Sunday, June 22, 2008

Open-ness=vulnerability

Center Country Day School   oil/canvas board   10 x 8
For the past 3 days, I have participated in the Plein Air paint-out in Hudson, Ohio sponsored by Kathy Johnson at Hudson Fine Art & Framing. It was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. I am a studio painter by choice and by nature, but participate in this event because it stretches me. Instead of large canvasses that take weeks to paint and to consider, I worked on small 6 x 8 canvasses and boards. I was subjected to loud noise, rain, and bird poop. Having people watch you paint is scary! In evaluating my own experience this year, I found that I was more inhibited in my stroke-making.....I am not certain if this was due to the small size, the fact that people were watching, or the fact that I felt more hemmed in by the reality of the scene. I also found that I would rather paint buildings, windows and doors than the flowers.............whoa..........I guess I am still trying to get back indoors. Painting outside is a commitment..................it was difficult, but I hope to do it again.

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