Plein air painting in wet weather is a test of an artist's stamina and equipment.


For instance, you might think that two umbrella are better in a downpour than one. Not exactly. It turns out that 2 umbrellas just make 2 drippy edges to get you wet!

In this case, only the painting stayed dry. This is where oil paints beat every other medium. You can paint with oil even when there is an inch of water on your paints (I've?done it.) Oil paints don't mix with water, so no matter how wet the weather, you can carry on painting until you are soaked to the skin.

I finished this piece in the back of the car. Thanks to the brave soul who took the photo with my camera.

The next time I tried, the weather was a bit better.

However, anticipating that I would again be doing plein air painting in wet weather, I donned a full suit of rain gear. Several people dropped by to observe my progress. One person thought I must be part of a road crew, judging by my yellow outfit!

I wasn't having a particularly good painting day, but it was fun to talk to people about my tools and my process.?Thanks to everyone who said hello and checked out my work, and special thanks to Jim Mayo, who included me in a video of his Alaska road trip. And a big thanks?to?Cherie Smith and Roger Kulwicki, who took these photos.


?The best things about plein air painting in wet, chilly autumn weather: lots of gorgeous, intense reds and muted greens. And no bugs.


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