|Just Past Dawn, fluid acrylic on 9"x12" canvas board|
by April M Rimpo
Although I arrived thinking I would only do one painting then go home, I did bring a second surface in case I caught the bug and had to do another. I painted this year at Lake Kittimaqundi. The first was fluid acrylic on canvas board. I started it shortly after sunrise and was successful at keeping in mind how it looked at that moment even as the sky, water, and reflections continued to change while I painted.
When I did a plein air painting on Wilde Lake in 2017 I kept falling in love with every change of the reflections in the water and was unsuccessful in sticking to my plan. I was still happy with the result, but it took much longer to finish that painting since I kept changing it. You can change the water and not change other aspects of the painting since the sky affects the water reflections, so there is a big ripple effect each time you change the plan.
I scoped out where I wanted to paint a couple days before the event. It was a gorgeous sunny day and I arrived at noon. The light was quite different from the day of the event where we started with some blue sky in the east but gradually clouded over to a variety of gray clouds as the day progressed. Because of the difference in time of day and light, the place I wanted to paint looked quite different, but the view across the lake was wonderful.
|By the Foot Bridge, 8"x8" watercolor & fluid acrylic|
on Aquabord by April M Rimpo
For the first hour or so I was alone in that area, with the exception of a few walkers and runners who were enjoying the walking trail. I heard a few people talking who noticed me and recalled the plein air event was that day, but no one came over and talked to me. Although I enjoyed chatting while painting in 2017, that morning had me so drawn into painting that I was glad to be left in peace to paint.
A couple other artists arrived later but they too were busy creating. It was a fantastic day to be outside, granted with a few extra layers of clothes since mid-October can be cool. I surprised myself and really considered going out to paint again on Sunday when the day started out with bright sun. It did turn to rain so I was glad I had not ventured out, but I definitely understand why so many artists do love painting outdoors rather than in the studio.
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