When it comes to painting landscapes, I prefer to take photographs of beautiful places and then go back to my comfy studio and paint.
I stood in the mud on a drizzly day to get the reference photo for the painting above. I'm a wimp when it comes to "roughing it."
I fell in love with this little video of Tony Pro and Jeremy Lipking the minute I saw it:
So far my adventures in plein air painting have been a disaster. Who knew that bugs loved wet paint so much? They took my industrial strength "Deep Woods Off" as a party invitation.
Rain, lightning, wind, sunburn, and no bathroom...ick.
My last effort to paint outdoors cured me: a sudden gust of wind blew a very wet paint-loaded canvas off the easel. As I struggled to catch it, I stepped in my paint thinner. I swear that more than one annoying sarcastic squirrel laughed at me.
Now I think it is funny but this is really why I am a studio painter.
As I recall, the above painting involved a ferocious battle with mosquitoes and I cut and ran right after I snapped the reference photo.
I keep an inexpensive digital camera in my car at all times because I never know when I'll see just the right lighting, cloud formation, shadow pattern or simply an amazing tree.
I especially like "weather" - the moisture-laden air, clouds before the rain, the clearing after the storm, mists, vapors, fogs, smoke and hazes.
The mysterious colors of dawn. dusk, twilight and moonlight are better captured on location with my camera instead of my brush.
It only takes an instant to snap a picture. I appreciate the luxury of painting long hours in my warm, dry, bug & wind free indoor studio.