Saturday, January 3, 2009
Seriously, you really do have to be a crazy person to stand out in 26 degree weather with a wind chill of 14 for 2 hours painting. Fortunately I have a friend who is exactly this kind of crazy person. Otherwise I'd be questioning my own sanity. The thing about Plein Aire painting in Michigan in January is that it's FUN. Seriously. Try dressing like the Michelin Man and then wielding fragile sticks of pastel with double-gloved hands trying to coax an image out of the frozen numbness of your frontal lobes! It would be so much easier to hang out in the relative comfort of the studio, but where is the living on the edge in that? Anyway, while the work produced in these cold alla prima sessions isn't likely to win any awards, its really the essence of the experience that matters here. Thats the icing (literally!) on the cake.