Plein Air: Just can’t get enough!!!

Springside Farmhouse, plein air pastel, 8×12 in.

Springside Barn & Silo, plein air pastel, 9×12 in.

It’s November in northern New Jersey, not exactly the time of year when plein air comes to mind. However, the Thanksgiving weekend gave me an opportunity to paint (with no one watching) for 5 days in a row, three of which were warm enough to get in some plein air!

I found a wonderful place to paint just a couple miles from home–very secluded, almost impossible to find unless you know it’s there. I spent the first 2 days of my Thanksgiving holiday painting the barns and farmhouse. In addition to these 2 small pastels, I also did numerous sketches in ink wash and charcoal. The light on the old structures was just amazing, such texture on the dried grasses and rough siding of the collapsing barns. And that orange oil tank by the farmhouse was an opportunity not to be passed up!

Although I only spent about 3 hours each day at this location, I felt I really got to know it very well. I plan to go back in the winter, hopefully when there is some snow on the ground, and then paint it in oil. I’m determined not to let the cold weather stop me from getting out there this year. I don’t like being cold, but I find if I dress in layers and wear fingerless gloves, I can manage it as long as it is not windy or below freezing. Of course, there is always the option to paint in my car (I mean mobile studio)! 🙂


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