I have discovered the joy of en plein air painting since migrating to Florida for the month of March. Painting en plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air.”
For those not familiar with plein air it is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape.
Almost every one of my friends all agree that keeping a sketchbook is a good idea and having a sketchbook has numerous merits. Many other non-sketching friends will say they would love to have a sketchbook but when asked “Why Not?” they say, “I can’t draw!”
Sketchbooks are not about being a good artist,
Every year I look forward to the Twin City Urban Sketchers gathering at the State Fair. This year lived up to everyone’s expectations with beautiful weather, sunny and mild temperatures.
The day begins with making sure that what ever I am carrying is light weight and manageable.
I have been taking a pause from a lot of things lately. I took a pause from this blog, my daily practice of drawing in my sketchbook and time spent painting in my studio. I sometimes felt guilty! Good grief, huh?
When I was sketching at the MN Landscape Arboretum I felt connected to a wood bench.
“Turn every challenge into a jigsaw. Before you know it, all these pieces add up to something pretty amazing.” Peter Bray
I am not sure if every challenge I face artistically always leads to something amazing, but I do appreciate those challenges as an influence leading me to the next step.
I envy my artist friends who go on vacation and spend a great deal of time drawing in sketchbooks, painting, and working with mixed media while away from home. How do they do that? Since I was being flummoxed by combining vacation and work I went on-line to read what other artists think about vacationing and keeping up with their own art practices.
I have seemingly little “down time” to think about my own artistic process. This month we are living in Florida and away from the distractions of work, family, and responsibilities of keeping a home. The hiatus has provided me time to consider this question.
When I went in search of a definition I came across the following: Artistic process is:
A succession of states,
I come here for one thing, and that is, I have visions of other worlds. I have visions that’s unimaginable. I have visions that I can’t even tell people. And I try, the best thing I can, to draw my visions.
For those of you who are not familiar with outsider art,
For over 25 years we lived in a home that we remember with fondness for the beautiful grape vine fence that defined one of the property lines of our yard. Although the grape vines belonged to our neighbors, this 8+ foot high wall was gladly attended to by both of us.
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