I started plein air painting in oil a little less than a year ago and it was quite the adventure at first. I was new to oil painting, new to painting outside and had no idea what I was doing. I only knew that I wanted to do it. I liked the fact that it was challenging. While the pandemic raged, it gave me something else to concentrate on. I've found that the brain only has so much bandwidth when you're learning. You can understand how to mix colours, how to compose your picture, and have a grasp on the importance of lights and darks, or values, but when your outside with the cold and the bugs and a new medium there is only so much you can concentrate on at one time! I've come home with a lot of strange paintings and not in a good way! But plein air painting is a roller coaster ride. You can't wait to do it. Then you start and it's scary and bad things are happening. Help!!!! Then it's over and you really want to do it again.
Back to this thing about band width. Now that I'm starting to get more accustomed to oil paints, I'm starting to have more brain space to concentrate on brush strokes, values and other important things. No one ever said painting was easy, but it's worth all the effort. That next great painting is always around the corner!
© Laurel Martin 2010