I'm loving all the warm weather we are having lately, and I've been looking for any excuse to be outside. The yard is looking fresh (It is amazing what a few flowers and mulch can do), the pool is now opened and ready for swimming, and the garden is already starting to produce fresh veggies... Yay! I have also spent a few days this week working on a plein air painting. Painting in the fresh air, soaking up some sun (don't forget your sunblock like I did...ouch! Sunburn for dayz, y'all), and listening to the sounds of nature rather than the radio is rejuvenating. I find myself getting lost in the painting not realizing how many hours flew by, but I love it!
With plein-air on my mind, I thought it fitting to share my first painting from my first plein-air trip.
Red Barn on the Mountain from my Country Escapes collection 8x10 oil on canvas panel (the original is still available)
An artist friend and I loaded up her car and headed to the Mountains (Nellysford, VA) for a weekend painting get-a-way. Once we arrived and ate, we scouted out the place looking for our first scene to paint. Riding up a mountain we spotted this red old barn that was nestled amongst overgrown bushes and trees. We agreed that this rustic chippy distressed barn was the perfect spot for our first painting so we parked in the vacant dirt driveway, pulled out our easels, and began to paint.
Here I am with my easel painting the red barn.
we painted until our clothes were drenched with sweat and the water in our water bottles was warm. (Oh man, was I dying for some A/C.) We took several photos of the barn and then drove all the way to our cabin with the A/C on full blast. Like a child learning to ride a bike...it hurts when you fall, but you can't help getting back on and trying again. Despite the miserable heat and the sweaty clothes, we couldn't wait to go out and paint again.
Close up of the barn
I'm already dreaming of another painting trip...maybe to the beach!