My purpose in getting out of doors to paint is always to learn. I find that being in the place, dialling in the shapes, colour and quick light one of the best things that a painter can do to learn about the world around them.
There is a big difference in working on site, with all of the sensory input of the moment. Sound, light, colour, smells...they all ADD to the moment of rapture when creating the work, and for me as an artist, there is nothing quite like that pure energy of creating the "feeling" of what you have in that one moment and place.
What a lovely day to begin spring plain air painting. Here was my setup this afternoon in Kananaskis.
I've been working on some very large pieces for a couple of months for the CAMP body of work. The works - some of them 8 feet long and 4 feet…