Painting Plein Air in November

Painting Plein Air on the beach would be nice but winter is coming...


Plein Air means painting outside. I don't know who knows this, but paints have this nasty tendency to freeze. Goes double for water-based paints, which is what I use.


Brings a whole new meaning to "paint fast".


It should come as no surprise that I tend to move my painting indoors. I live in Canada so painting outside from around mid-November (ie: now) to the end of February is now out of the question.


What do I do instead?


I photograph what I will later paint instead.


Winter should never limit art - and the possibilities of what to paint are endless. Landscapes are just as beautiful during the winter as they are in any other season so I don't limit myself in that regard.


However, since it's a bit cold to sit outside and paint...


This was taken last winter. We don't live here anymore, but I've never posted it before. Despite it being a parking lot, the lonely trail in the snow and the sun off the hospital presents a fascinating focus for my next project. There's still so much to play with here. I could even simplify it a bit by removing a car or two, but I may just leave it as it is.


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