Plein air painting is the act of painting on sight out in nature while trying to capture the landscape, the mood of the atmosphere and the light. The man we are staying with has plein air watercolored for 40+ years and has his life documented in his paintings. He's taking me out to plein air watercolor at Broke off Meadow (post to come.)
Ive also linked up with some plein air oil painters and are starting classes with them. Last week one of them, Susan Greaves invited me to paint with her at Mary Lake. I went and just kind of jumped into this painting before having instruction. It wasn't her time to teach, it was her relaxing painting time and she invited me to share it with her. She gave me some basic info on how to start & I just kind of went for it! :)
I've included a photo of mine, and a photo of hers from last Friday. I've got a LOT to learn, but it will be fun to see the progression week by week.
This past weekend we hiked into Thousand Lakes Wilderness to the biggest of the lakes...Eiler Lake. Might be the prettiest place I've seen yet. And it is SO close to where we are staying now! We're lucky that the man we are staying with is the 4th generation of his family here and he knows the lay of the land. Every place he tells us to go is SPOT on.
Here are some photos from our trip! It rained some but there was a beautiful sunset and the sky cleared out with the sun, leaving us with a clear sky full of beaming stars. Bob caught a Rainbow Trout on his fly fishing rod & I worked on plein air painting. We both have a lot to learn but the only way to get it is keep practicing! :)
All settled in to our new mountain spot!! This trip has had mostly ups but with those have come a few downs. The nature and adventures have been priceless, but we fell into the hands of some people who weren't the people we thought they were for a while. Its not all easy peasey, but you live and you learn. After I left that hostile situation, the dogs and I were in and out of hotel rooms for 2 weeks with Bob (he gets compensated through work.) We were camping on the weekends, which is what we do every weekend anyway. A couple weeks later, here we are in a beautiful and quiet spot in the mountains, surrounded by art and nature. One thing leads to another and I'm SO happy we are here..right where we are meant to be. Met some great people over those hotel weeks, restoring my faith in humanity. We might be out a few hundred dollars from that first situation, but we still have all our limbs and are healthy and moving forward! Grateful for where we are now. So much to learn! Feeling lots of growth on this journey.
I now have my own comfy room with electricity and water! what a change! Also ample room for a studio set up in a garage filled with tools which I'm welcome to use! We are in the hands of a nurturing soul who wants to share the vast knowledge he has obtained through the years. I'm not sure if I've ever met someone so generous and caring.
I don't have to art out of my suitcase anymore!!! It's GO time! & I'm attending a life drawing class tomorrow. Couldn't be more excited!
Oh, and also Bob made his first catch fly fishing this weekend!!
Sometimes a wrong turn puts you right where you need to be! A few weeks ago we accidently ended up at a vineyard and did a wine tasting. The guy doing the pours has the same style as us when it comes to sight seeing. Go the opposite way everyone else is. We don't enjoy the touristy places packed with people and kids. Ended up at a camp spot where we were the only ones! Been back a few times..too pretty!! Here's some pics from those trips. Our camp is just a stone throw from Hat Creek!
Been slacking lately on posts. Haven't really has Internet access but that's changing now so stay tuned!!
Jessica R. Willis
Artist of many mediums inspired by nature and philanthropy