Nygren Plein Air Week 3

August 16, 2010

Ann Meyer Garden Prairie, Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

I received an e-mail early last week indicating that the Nygren Wetland Preserve would allow us artists a chance to paint in the park on Saturday morning. The weather forecast was for sun and heat.

I arrived at the preserve at about 7:40am. Although the gates were open, there was no sign of anyone.  Rather than venture too far into the park, I found a nice spot near the entrance, the Ann Meyer Garden Prairie.  I set up my easel and realized that I had to get the bug spray on…and quickly. Following the first application of repellent, I discovered that I had missed a few spots. The spots where all the mosquito’s were congregating.  Second dousing did the trick. No more bug problems, but no way to avoid the sun.

I decided to be bold and attempt a larger work on location, a 16″ x 20″ canvas. I hoped to be able to complete this larger location work in about two hours. Wishful thinking.

Except for a break to apply some sunblock and the occasional water break, I worked without interruption.  I enjoyed my time painting but I was unable to complete my vision within my 2 hour goal. By late morning, the temperature was in the upper 80’s. It took me about 3-1/2 hours to complete my painting.

Although the larger works pose more challenges, it is enjoyable and the results are promising. I plan attempt plein air on more 16″ x 20″ canvases and larger.

Ann Meyer Garden Prairie Site.

Ann Meyer Painting after the Block-in

Ann Meyer Garden Prairie about an 1-1/4 hours into the painting

Ann Meyer Garden Prairie, Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

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