Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Plein Air (and forgot to bring white!)
Yes, lesson learned--I forgot my white wasn't with my paints when I threw them in the car last night! Even though I was only 10 minutes from home, the light was getting good, so I didn't want to go back for the white. I decided to dull down some pthalo blue and use it transparently (washy, with lots of water) for the sky and mountain. I know, scary color, pthalo, but these are the Blue Ridge Mountains, so I hoped the dulled pthalo could get away with it. Anyway, it was the only option I could think of!
Perhaps lesson learned for me is to use less white. I tend to have difficulty with white anyway. I know abandoning white wouldn't always work...that hill wasn't really that dark of an orange, it was actually much lighter with a slight suggestion of orange, so I went with it. I know substituting colors won't always work in place of white, but seriously, I think having to do without it showed me that I can try to reduce my use of it.
I also forgot my paper towel, and I truly cannot paint without it...but luckily I had done a cat rescue transport recently, so I had a clean "puppy pad" that stood in for the paper towel.
Did any of my friends paint plein air today?
Thanks for looking!