I just don’t care to paint out in it!
This painting was done a few years ago when I was feeling the cabin fever and thought doing a little plein air work would do me good. I headed out to Coal Creek, one of my favorite places to paint. This view is from under a bridge looking west. The 27 degree temperature wasn’t so bad but the wind whipping under the bridge felt like 27 below. The painting is 18×24 inches and stubbornly I shivered my way through the entire 432 square inches of it. There wasn’t enough clothes in the house to keep me warm that day though I’ve acquired some gear since that makes painting in the cold a little easier. Trouble is I think I’ve sworn off such Tom Foolery so it sits in the car waiting for a painting day that aint liable to happen.
Now! This is also Coal Creek. A real improvement no? And I’m not hiding under a bride to get the photograph, I’m standing on the bridge enjoying the warmth of a wonderful Spring day most likely with not the slightest remembering of my experience under it.
And this is what I’m waiting for. Seventy five degrees,a gentle breeze and some golden sunshine to warm my bones. Oh yeah!!
So for now I’m going to stay in and paint in the studio. I’m gonna get some real work done and stack up a big ole stack of paintings and if I can get through to spring without going totally bonkers I’ll throw my paint in the car and go do what I’ve been wanting to do all winter. Still it’s nice to know that cold weather gear is stashed in the back of the station wagon just in case I get frantic and do somethin silly.
It’s comin people!!! EW