|Olive Stand, charcoal, 18 x 24"|
--for the very first time this year. Actually, I was really investigating how my watercolor easel would do outdoors.
|Poplar Stand, charcoal|
Painted in 1986, plein air in my last backyard.
Not being made out of wood, as the plein air easel, it is impervious to weather and can probably remain conveniently outdoors through out the summer? It's also collapsible, has a carrying case, is light weight, sets up in minutes, easily adjustable, holds cavanses up to 36" high and wide and can be positioned horizontal to the ground for wet into wet painting--acrylic or watercolor. I chose charcoal for my first outdoor excursion for its facility. My tabour was my side table on the patio.
I had a wonderful time in the sun and made a note to slather sunscreen straight out of the shower in the future. My yard is so full of intriguing vistas, it should satisfy my first season painting outdoors--unless I get an urge to travel down to the lake, then the plein air easel will make the trip.
DISCOVERY: indoors or outdoor, I cannot sit while painting. I am always on the move back and forth scruitinizing. Consequently, two hour sessions seem to be my limit. Any time longer and I'm icing my legs all evening. Oh to be forty five again when Poplar Stand was painted with more stamina and more finesse.