I’ve pretty much stayed put since march during the pandemic, so today is a big deal. I’m going to leave my house and the 5 miles radius in which I live..maybe for a few days. I’m off to madison, indiana to do some painting…then. Brown county indiana (see the awesome guidebook my friend Diane sent me?). After that: michigan!
I take the pandemic serious, so I’m bringing lots of sanitizer and masks…doing to sleep in a tent. No indoor spaces, or close proximity to other people for me. Wish me well, and check this website from time to time. I’m going to share trip updates here.
4:30 pm UPDATE
I have been nervous thinking about painting in a public place. Normally I welcome people to look over my shoulder, but not during a pandemic.
I decided to stop and paint a country scene before getting to madison. There was a classic looking farmhouse on a hill by the highway.
A nice thing about the country, there aren’t a lot of people around, which gives me the opportunity to focus on the painting
There was no cellphone signal at this spot, which disconnected me from any distractions. It’s been a long time since I’ve painted plein air with no company…in person or virtual.
I tried some experimental things with color that I never would have tried if people were watching. Halfway through the painting, I was really frustrated, and thought I was going to lose the painting
As luck would have it, I didn’t give up, and the painting came together. I’m happy with how it came out. It’s possibly one of my favorite plein air paintings.
The first photo was with the painting in the shade…here’s another in the light!
Now I’m in madison, indiana. Instead of put myself in a situation where someone can stop and breathe all over me, (setting an easel and paint up) I’m going to walk around with my sketchbook, and do some pen sketches of the river and old houses. Stay tuned!