|What fun it is to paint outdoors!|
|My charming new friend, Anne, creating a beautiful oil painting|
Up until this past week, I've tended to paint primarily from my imagination, so painting en plein aire (in the outdoors) is a whole new experience for me. I'm finding that I'm continuing to paint what I imagine rather than what I actually see, and I still tend to use the landscape before me only as a vague reference. But hopefully with time and more practice painting outside this summer, I'll get the hang of painting what is actually there and work on learning to let Mother Nature, rather than pure imagination, be my primary guide when working en plein aire.