Today is Day 1. Every time I do this challenge, I have a theme. I like to learn something different or concentrate on something that I want to improve. I'll be painting plein air all month like last September but with a little twist. When Leslie Saeta and I interviewed Anne Blair Brown last month on the AHA show, she talked about painting from her visual memory. The ability to look at a scene and paint what she remembers. That intrigued me. So I will be painting plein air but with my easel facing away from what I am painting for at least part of the time.
I'm thinking that this is going to be a real challenge. Plein air is hard enough. Looking over my shoulder every so often to get glimpses of what I'm painting, scares the heck out of me but I would love to be able to remember a scene in greater detail and for a longer period of time than just a few minutes. I also think it might help to eliminate my tendency to render too much. We shall see!
Here is my painting for Day 1. I painted it early this morning on my back porch, just as the sun was rising. A pot of geraniums. I turned my easel so that I had to look over my shoulder to study it. I can't say it was easy. But I did remember more than I thought I would. Colors were easy. The structure of the plant...not so much.
cascade of pink
7"x5" oil on panel