Plein Air Painting Trip

Last Sunday I took a trip to the southern most part of my country with some local Art Society members for a plein air painting trip. We were weary of the weather since the rainy season started and it had been raining all week….but the weather began to look promising Friday and Saturday so we said why not! Then our tour guide cancels and we decided to wing it…like how bad could it be right?

Well we got off to a late start and the added pit stops didn’t help, but it was a good experience. The rain fell on and off throughout our journey but we did have some time to get at.least some sketches in before we had to run for cover.

These are some shots taken of the trip…the map of our journey on the red line and the sketches I managed to do which I finished paint at home.

Changing Focus – Nature

Taking a break from my regularly scheduled program to work on a project which I happened to discover browsing social media. There’s an open call for new and emerging artists in my country; so after hesitating on it for what felt like hours, I decided, the most they could say was no right?

With that said and done, I had a long week off work coming up (this week) and saw all of this as serendipitous. Of course everything falls into place when you’re trying to pursue your passion right? Right?

So anyways, the call allowed 3 – 5 pieces from local artists with the deadline of June 11th. My initial schedule proved to be rather ambitious as I spent my first weekend feeling uninspired and pressured to do something I wasn’t in the mood to undertake. So Netflix won that weekend and then my idea for my first piece hit me on Monday; fauna native to my country!

My Facebook page has some video of the work in progress on this Scarlet Macaw I decided to paint and let me tell you filming deserves another blog post of its own! Altogether, I painted it over the course of 2 days and while animals and birds aren’t my focus, this was actually a nice break!

So one piece down, 2 – 4 more to go! I already started on my second, so stay tuned for more on my progress with my next one. Hope you like!