- weather (for me it's the beach) can be too wet, too humid, or too windy
- wildlife when in the natural habitat inland or on the shore can be territorial
- visitors can be either a distraction or a welcome diversion
- safety can be a concern in isolated locations
- medium can be problematic - acrylics dry quickly even with gel medium mixtures
- electronics don't perform well if you continually drop them in water or hard surfaces!
|Low tide & gentle sailing breeze today|
|Parking Lot Picnic Island Style|
|Umm, umm good crabs- only shells left|
Outdoor painting challenges aren't insurmountable.
I've adapted very well by changing my medium, changing from finished works to small studies, and learning to deal with distractions. The bugs: can't say I've adapted to no-see-ums! I'll continue to visit this beautiful estuary from time to time after moving into new space and again painting larger oil works.
My outdoor visitors seldom see my finished works, but I give them my card to look at the "good stuff" online. I stop painting to chat, unless I'm at a critical focus and don't want my paint to dry. In which case I explain that the paint is drying quickly, but to please stay and chat. Got to get that good stuff online for them. Blog and Facebook uploads are often incomplete or cropped differently than works offered as prints, so the camera is now critical--don't want people to only see snapshot uploads.
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All the best,
Gail Kent Studio
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