Now that summer is half over I thought I had better catch you up on what I have been up to recently besides teaching summer open studio class in my home studio. The above plein air study was CP painted on Ampersand pastelboard last Wednesday. My cohort in Plein Air travels, Kathy Scott and I painted at the new Powhatan James River State Park. She in oil and as usual I worked in CP. We had planned to get an early start before the impending rain or heat and humidity of the Mid Atlantic set in. But after a brief walk around we were forced to work under the pavilion on our morning's pieces. The view was at more of a distance from what I had originally decided to paint so I worked from memory of the view I liked the best, supplemented with short jogs out into the rain to re-familiarize myself with the original view.
The rain of course was not my only challenge today. You see I had a board from a failed attempt to plein air in my bag which had a slightly rendered image on it already, a statue in a garden surrounded by rocks. Although it appears in the photo below like a landscape sketch it was really in a vertical format 10"h X 8"w. After erasing the board as best I could, then turning it into a horizontal, you can see what I was left with in the image below:
Lessons learned: #1Yes, you can salvage a failed start and cover it in CP just like in other media, on Ampersand that is. #2 I was proud of Kathy and myself having stayed the course in the rain. We found a scene stuck with it and worked thru the conditions. #3 I think I captured the atmospheric moisture in the distant shore as still kept the lighting and shadows of my initial view before rain set in.