Ah, the joys of plein air painting on a nice day! To be outside, immersed in the world of nature; struggling to find words that express impressions through the poetry of painting. It’s as inspiring as it is formidable. I love it.
Being a part of the MAA Plein Air group outings for the last four years, has allowed me to watch artistic talents grow and develop. Like the others, I, too, have learned many things from just being there, as I continue to strive for ways to improve my art. One major benefit to painting directly - whether from nature, life drawing or still life etc. - is that, occasionally, we create something that is beyond our normal grasp, and in surpassing ourselves we often reach a new personal level. We also learn from each, not-uncommon failure. Privately, we covet the hope that “our next painting will be our best one yet”.
If there is someone who would like to join our group next year, please see the Manotick Art Association website to read about the group and what you need to start. Send me an email to register. It’s that easy.
The painting, Floral patterns, is just one of a number of works that I painted last summer with MAA Plein Air. It was created on a foggy morning in the herbal gardens of La Fougèrès Restaurant in Old Chelsea Quebec, home also to Galerie Old Chelsea.
Floral Patterns will be on view at The 10 Collective Show, April 4 & 5, 2020 in Almonte.