OH, I wish this was a joke. I’m starting a 30-day Plein Air Painting challenge called #PleinAirpril for the month of April, sponsored by @warriorpainters. I’m going to attempt to paint one painting a day, outside (still not a joke, somehow). I’ve never painted this much outside and I’m intimidated and excited. All paintings will be for sale, you can follow along at #PleinAlanna and if you see me in the wild, please tag me! :)
Camellias 11x14” oil on canvas, 2022
Day 1 was rainy and too cold, especially for a spring day in Virginia. I painted from about 12 pm - 6 pm and used water-soluble oil paint by Winsor and Newton. It’s the least toxic oil paint on the market right now and you can thin it with just water instead of solvents. I definitely over painted and tried to make the oil paint act like acrylic, which it is not.
Untitled 11x14” oil on canvas, 2022
I was dog sitting in McLean and had to do a nocturne after a pretty busy day. I painted from 10 pm - 12 am and this time tried not to work in layers. It was easier to get the contrast I needed. I left my small brushes at home, so it was hard to get details, and good for me to be painting with bigger brushes. Still way too cold for my liking.