We had a couple of short trips to the Adirondacks, and I was able to do some plein air painting. It always feels so good to be out there painting. However challenging, there is nothing better than painting from real life!
This next one was a few weeks later, as you can see by the colors of the trees. It has been many years since we were in the Adirondacks in peak leaf season, and it was so beautiful! It was cloudy the whole time, but every once in a while the sun peaked out for a second and it looked like the trees were on fire.
Then there was this painting challenge: the Ithaca Festival held a Paint Off as a fundraiser last evening. Every artist created a painting in 90 minutes (the paintings will be auctioned off at a later date). I had never done anything like this, and I heard from several other artists that they had not either. I thought it would be a good challenge. I decided to do a large version of one of the 50 small sky paintings I did last year. As soon as the signal was given it was game on! Initially I felt nervous about doing this, thinking what if it sucks? But soon after starting I got into the zone, not even noticing much going on around me. People were walking by and stopping to look at artists painting. I usually get very self-conscious, but I was able to ignore that. I am just not good at talking when I am painting.
This was the result when the 90 minutes was up!