I guess this not strictly PLEIN AIR cos it wasn't done outside in the open air - instead it was painted indoors at Goward House yesterday in an approach we know as "alla prima" = all at once. It took about three hours painting from life. It isn't a good likeness of Alannah but I like the brushwork and the colours.
The wild sweet peas grow on the slopes of the Dallas Road cliffs at this time of the year. I spent forty minutes waiting or the fog to lift and stood around chatting to other artists. A wonderful morning. Two hours en plein air.
We're doing a Paint-On Critique at the Morris Gallery in Victoria BC. 15 artists will bring what they think are their their failed throw-away small paintings to the Morris Gallery on June 15th and I'll try to rescue the works by painting on them. Even small adjustments can make the difference - see details at http://www.morrisgallery.ca/
A plein Air painting done behind a glass door looking out - I have been watching DVDs by the late Helen van Wyk whose style arises out of the classic European painters. She was quite the gal, and I learned a lot from her many amusing tips. R.I.P. Helen.
This is my own still life arrangement which I approached using her precepts.