Finally! We are at the end of our journey. I had to paint along the Pacific. My Friend Henry drove me to several spots that were picturesque. We walked around while I sought the perfect spot for painting. The day was overcast. The fog lifted, but still left a moody grey.
Then came Moab, Utah. What a fantastic place to paint en plein air! I am sure Monet would have been enthralled! We used up a lot of our driving time here! Consequently we were on the road until one AM to reach our motel!
From Kansas we drove to Boulder,Colorado. While there we found that the Boulder Plein Air group & the Fort Collins Plein Air group were painting together the next morning in Loveland at Devil's backbone open space. We met my friend Laura and a number of other artists to paint in this beautiful area.
My artist friend Michelle invited me to ride to California with her last week. We made it a priority to paint landscapes along the way. This time we painted from a knoll standing on a dirt road. We were about a mile from the I 70 exit.
When painting en plein air I’m drawn into a deeper sense of the beauty of the landscape. Capturing in paint some essence of God’s handiwork is an intriguing thrill. Shapes and colors change constantly via the elements, like a kaleidoscope turning as it is held up to the light. Sunlight and shadow, the movement of a breeze, makes painting en plein air so much more stimulating than painting from a photo.
I work to capture that flash of wonder the light reveals to me. Spontaneity contributes to the energy that comes through in my painting. My painting is a celebration of light and color. Light is a metaphor of Christ the creator. Light reveals color, exposing immediate substance. It reveals depth and detail. Light communicates relationships, revealing nuances that continuously change, yet have a timeless source. My Paintings are for sale in the sales gallery of Butler Institute of American Art & The Hoyt Art Center Gift Shop & on Etsy as "Pleinairimpressions". It is my privilege to be a participant in various juried artist shows, Denver Plein Air in Colorado, Ohio Plein Air Society, Butler Museum of American Art, & The Hoyt in New Castle, PA.