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Plein Air?

Plein Air is a French term

which means painting “in open air”.

and more precisely, it means painting outside

while you’re looking at your subject.

I have followed many artists who just LOVE plein air painting,

but I’ve always painted from photos

in the safe, controlled environment of my art studio

(first that was my kitchen table and now it’s a repurposed extra bedroom:)

But with some nudges from other people,

I lugged my cumbersome easel

and all the necessary supplies out on location and tried it, and…

I loved it!

Ok, well, I don’t love the bug bite I got on Tuesday

that inflamed half my leg for the next 3 days,

or the unrelenting sun that chased me inside.

But I LOVE looking at my subjects in real life

(so to speak, as I’m usually painting buildings).

I love watching the shadows change,

I love being outside (with exceptions, as noted),

I love visiting with people passing by,

And I love my new easel!

Yes, I had to buy a plein air easel with watercolor palette…

I’m all about getting the right art supplies…

I may have an 18 year old van with automatic doors

that are no longer automatic,

but I’ve got some darn good art supplies.

I’ve been painting every day this week…

First my house and then my neighbor’s house… (see above).

Thanks for following along,

Linda

 

 

 

30 Paintings in 30 Days!

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Yes, I know you’ve seen this before…

It’s the VERY adorable shop, Mug and Pia

Did you know that stands for…

Most Unusual Gifts and Paper Items Anywhere?

A for Adorable!!

I painted this precious little place last year…

and this one of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Trinity Episcopal ChurchBut because of cookie classes…

and other pressing issues,

I had to stop last year’s 30 in 30.

but today I DID START my NEW

30 paintings in 30 days…

I drove ALL OVER HUNTINGTON this morning…

stopping to photograph probably 50 different buildings…

and other things, like fountains…

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You may have seen me in the middle of 3rd Ave or 4th or 5th…

That was me in the center of Hal Greer Boulevard,

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and Washington Blvd…

and dozens of other places.

And honestly I had a blast.

I’m going to be painting not just iconic symbols

of our beautiful city,

but also houses that

we’ve all seen hundreds of times,

or that represent an area and an era of Huntington.

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(My husband: You took a picture of that?!

Me: YES! It screams, “Split-level, 1960’s, Southeast Hills-Huntington”…

and look at that cute little fence!

He didn’t get it. That’s why I didn’t take him with me;)

Yes, I LOVE cute, beautiful or unique homes,

stately, ornate and magnificent buildings.

I so enjoyed selecting these places to photograph,

and I CAN NOT WAIT to start painting them!!

I’ll start posting paintings on October 1.

Thanks for following along,

Linda

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