Winter Plein Air Painting I

Winter Plein Air Painting
Why Bad Weather Means Great Painting

   The devoted plein air painter understands that sometimes tough climate conditions provide great opportunities for superb picture-making.  Even the absence of steady sunlight does not mean that there is nothing to paint.  Often, the opposite is true, as dark, fast-moving clouds and a bit of rain can create awesome light spectacles, on the prairies as well as the mountains. Here on the plains, we are subject to tremendous shifts of climate, often in the same day, so we have learned to be ready for a good light show when it comes. Winter is no different, and when we get sun after a heavy snow, we try to get out in it and paint. You can see I'm using my Dakota Art Pastel box and easel in the photos below. I am working on a piece of Wallis pastel paper which I have mounted to a thin plywood base.  My colors for this painting are made up of Rembrandt, Winsor and Newton, Sennelier and Ludwig pastels.  Here is a brief sneak peek at a Step-by-Step painting demonstration of the plein air pastel painting, Tracks II, available only to our members:

Photo of John Hulsey's plein air pastel set up in the winter snow ready to begin painting       pastel painting plein air of snowy country road, by John Hulsey      pastel painting plein air of snowy country road, by John Hulsey
                       Step 1.                                                 Step 2.                                                   Step 3 of 5

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