Dahlia Painting Outside

Here is my table today

This afternoons shot is of a Dahlia painting, what better way is there to show a progress painting and the love of every artist?  I love to paint anything in the light outdoors, there is no better way to spend an afternoon.

Dahlia painting outside
painting a Dahlia outside

We have a 20 x 20 deck on our house, that many people told us we were wasting too much space on, but I absolutely love it. During the warm months, I spend as much time as possible sitting out there painting and drawing because I find the sound of the wind calming, just like John Travolta in the movie called, “Phenomenon“. The birds and chipmunks and squirrels are truly entertaining.

Gazing down from our deck I can also look down over my domain anytime, now that we have cleared the patch of trees that shaded the garden too much.  I look out over our property and wonder at the sky that is so pretty, now that the smoke has cleared and I so appreciate all the warm sunshine. The sky changes colors magnificently in the evening, making it almost impossible to capture unless you are able to paint lickety-split FAST!

Dahlia Painting

Having a bouquet of cut flowers right here makes it so much easier for me to see their beauty right, I hope to be able to get what I see down on the paper and do them justice.

I made myself a promise

I would do at least one image a week that I want to do, actually, paint what I feel drawn to create. Recent health issues have made me realize that time is not a guarantee, and I had better enjoy all the time I have left before I exit the scene. This week, all the blossoms in the garden are drawing me in close, to smell, touch and admire all of their brilliant colors. What fabulously bright creations they are!

Plein Air Competition north of Spokane

Skyhomish Hwy2 plein Air
2015-painted alongside Hwy 2 in Snokhomish WA just north of Goldbar.

There was talk between the artist’s present at the Elk painting day 7/21/2018 at my home of doing plein air painting again together soon . Here is the next outside painting event that I know of that is close.

2nd Annual Plein Aire Competition

Wednesday
August 15th, starting at 10am

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