#2 Lebanon on Tuesday. 8×6 inch oil on panel.
What real artists know that others don’t is this: It’s not the painting that’s hard. What’s hard is showing up to paint.
I painted 50 pochade studies in October and November 2016, and distractions cropped up from everywhere. Weather—sun, heat, wind, rain, storms, flat light (no shadows), cold, ice, and snow—is a big distraction for plein air painters. Extreme cold, wind, snow, and ice are common here in Minnesota in January. But the benefits I have realized from daily practice are SO worth the effort that I decided to do it again.
Tomorrow, it will be windy and 2 degrees. I’ll be painting inside.