Two weeks ago, I was in Chestertown, MD participating in a plein air event. I think I am still drying out! Four days of non-stop rain, damp and chilly temperatures made the event a challenge. There was the physical aspect of staying dry (and warm!). But as a painter who is attracted to the play of light and shadow, it became a new challenge to look for other inspiration. I really didn't have to search too hard... the spring colors were astounding with lush greens and vibrant hues of the marsh grasses. There was a softness to the scenes and, on a positive note, the light barely changed during a painting session!
These challenges also bring out a plein air artist's "MacGyver" mode. My artist friend Elissa Gore and I backed our cars up to each other and taped a poncho as a makeshift tent. It worked pretty sweet until, unbeknownst to us, the hood had filled with water and it released it's contents right onto Elissa's head -- the ultimate "ice bucket challenge"!
A lot of laughter, some towels and a trip into the closest town for some coffee and soup (and changing into dryer clothes) and we were back at it! Here's some paintings from the trip.
Tavern Creek, plein air watercolor, available for purchase
Quaker Neck Landing, plein air watercolor, available for purchase
Vanishing Landscape, plein air watercolor, available for purchase
Seasons' End, plein air watercolor, available for purchse
I grew up along the Delaware River in Bucks County, PA. My earliest memories are of drawing outside with my sketchbook and it evolved into plein air painting with watercolors. I love capturing scenes that inspire me - many I find along my everyday travels in and around Bucks County.