Sunday, March 14, 2010

Plein Air Perfect Day!




It was sunny and 62 degrees today.  Probably about 15 degrees higher than the average March 15th temp here in the Northwoods.  So, we gotta forget the housework and GET OUT THERE on these days!!!  Although colors are a bit drab for early spring, there is plenty of accents of color in the tag alders, evergreens and sedges.  We visited a small creek that used to house a beaver dam, which was very pretty.  Now, below my view in the painting was a small dock and bench—probably used for fishing.

I used something I don’t usually bring out with me…my caran d’ache crayons and a watercolor sketchbook.  This along with a pencil and a couple of water brushes, and I was good to go!  I usually use these crayons for my art journals as they are fun play materials.  I didn’t realize how neat they were and easy to get something down on paper.  They also work very well on top of gessoed paper.  I would like to try it on different substrates to see how it will work.  Kraft paper, watercolor board will be on my “things to try” list. 


Hope everyone else can get out there and grab some sun shine!  Guess I’d better get the kitchen cleaned up now!    


Dan Kent said...

I think this is very nice, and quite well done - reminds me of the Everglades, here.

Joyfulartist said...

Lots of fun shows through. I can almost smell the fresh air.