Who doesn’t love a red barn on a green landscape? One drives around the countryside looking for the vantage point, but alas, the barns are most often on private property, and the roadside is an uncomfortable spot to set up a stool or easel. However, right down the road from me is The Barn Nursery, a great venue for satisfying the barn-urge.
The Plein Air group of the Olympia Art League and the South Sound Urban Sketchers have teamed up for the warm season with weekly paint outs/meetups, so there was a good group of artists enjoying the scene. If you’re local and interested, follow the links listed here and join us!
Since it was the first day of the #30X30directwatercolor month long challenge, I dispensed with pencil and pen and did the drawing with the brush. In my spot next to the building I was serenaded by some very noisy sparrow babies whose nests were just out of sight under the eaves.
This spot with a view almost instantly lost its shade in the midday sun! Struggling with sun blindness, I soldiered on. I’m sure there’s a way to adjust to this too-bright sunlight, so if anyone has a suggestion I’m hoping to find it! Dark glasses only go so far. Maybe I’ve just lived in the cloudy Pacific Northwest for too long now?
The art is always finds a most agreeable home inside the context where it was sketched!
Sharing with friends after a morning of art making.
Are you doing the 30X30 Direct Watercolor challenge? You can find out more about it here.
As for me, this will be a month of dabbling in direct watercolor rather than immersion.