Plein air painting is still the most important part of my work. What's funny is that at least 95% of these paintings will never be shown and are simply for "process." The other day, when I explained this to a friend, she asked, why is it I continue to rise each morning before the sun (especially now that the weather is so cold) and paint? It made me wonder why any plein air painter does this. For me, it's not about producing a finished "product." Each painting now sits in my head and informs everything I do. I love the challenge, the struggle and "being there." Looking at one scene and its changing light and shapes with the purpose of creating one painting is daunting and thrilling. It makes me try to nail that vision despite all the confusing factors. It's an adrenaline rush. Especially sunrise. Sunrise lasts only minutes. It's my favorite time to paint...so off I go.
Before I leave...why do YOU paint outdoors?