Spring is here! It has been most of 5 winter months, with very little plein air painting. I have ventured out a few times since January to paint. Only to return home with frozen paint fingers and very little actual painting started.
Now that spring is definitely here. Everything is blooming in a wide range of colors and compositions. Spring offers lots of opportunities to paint, especially with the wide variety of Texas wild flowers here that deckle our rich historical architecture and homes. It’s truly inspiring but can be overwhelming too. The challenge is selecting a location to paint. To discover a spot that will still be interesting at the end of the painting.
So a few weeks back I opted to just look for painting locations. Luckily the local town was founded in 1848 and has a large selection of historic architecture and homes nestled among wild flower and poppy gardens. So there is a lot to choose from. Thankfully, the weather was quite comfortable for walking through the neighborhoods. I happily spent my Saturday morning, just scouting out new opportunities looking for possible compositions.
As with all plein air painting there are challenges to consider, like location, safety, shelter from elements, or traffic? Is it safe to park and set up your easel in a new area? Is there sufficient shade shelter to protect you from the sun or unexpected shower? How much street traffic can have a major impact on the ability to start let alone finish a painting on-site. Is there a decent spot to stand without disturbing any unwanted pests like fire ants or wasps?
I also find it very helpful to include pictures of the street signs to help remember where my best locations are. Lastly, it always a good idea to introduce your self to the locals before you discover you are in “someone’s spot.”
Luckily my scouting about the poppies worked out. As I was recording possible spots, I stumbled upon a lovely side street garden. It was so inspiring! I decided to introduce my self and say thank you for such a wonderful spot. Now I have another place to go and share the fun of painting new garden stories.
Since then it has rained a fair amount with more rain. Which means my plein air painting outside will be very limited for me in the next few weeks. So I have been perusing my stash of pictures scored on my outing and working out preliminary sketches. Which means should I get the chance to go paint I will know just where is my next stop!