Painting is first and foremost an obsession and passion, not based upon sales, notoriety, nor convenience. I am most fully alive when painting, and every part of my being feels most engaged in actively celebrating life.
When searching, perhaps even "hunting" for a place to set up and paint...I have learned to trust and give way to my instincts. There is this need to go beyond all the trappings of information overload that lesser experienced painters get caught up in when painting on location. I am intent to hone in, locate...and find those few elements that demanded of me, "Paint me!" What I call a process of finding the, "ah-HAH!"
What is it that spoke of beauty? How is beauty hiding itself? Modestly dressed in nature's subtleties? Camoflaged behind an explosion of color and distraction?
The plein air painter finds beauty often in the mundane and ordinary, and a new sense of mission to awaken the public's eyes. A public caught in the routine of daily obligations; whisking along burdened, pressed, and weighed down with cares. People unaware that losing that sense of thanksgiving for the gift of living, caught in the cares of life...leads to depression, stress, and a feeling of being "the living dead."
It becomes a crusade...as I said earlier, a sense of a mission thru paint to shout, "Hey! Wake up! Look at what you've been missing!"
I find often when painting along roadsides, people ... Read More