Plein-air pen and wash on paper


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Yesterday, we finally had a nice afternoon that would make a visit to the downtown park enjoyable. Knowing several of the preferred benches for various conditions, I selected this spot with a view on a row of trees in bloom with me sitting in the sun and out of the wind.

This year the flowers on many trees were blown off by the wind and the persistent rain soon after they appeared. However, these particular trees were growing on the lee-side of a steep hill, which probably made the difference.

This picture as shown here was completed on site. It will take some getting used too again, after a long winter working for the most part inside. One has to manipulate the paint board, water, paints, brushes etc., and try to cope with a number of inconveniences, which is a far cry from sitting comfortably at a table where everything has its place. Yet, working in plein-air is an adventure every time and beats studio-work, hands down.


Author: John Hofman

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