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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Last Day Pawleys Island...The Rainy Day Project


'Rainy Day Marsh 3'. 5x7. Pastel

What does an intrepid Plein air painter do when it is raining? Paint on the porch! We woke up to rain this morning. It was a soft steady rain. The kind that looks like it would hang around for awhile. I didn't want to waste my last day so I set up my Gogh box out on the front porch. It overlooks the creek and distant marsh and since it sits a bit higher you get a different viewpoint.


I made myself comfortable on the wicker chair with my Box on my lap. Painting has never been so easy! I painted the view from my chair enjoying the misty moodiness and balmy temperatures. Here is my fist painting.

'Rainy Day Marsh 1'. 5x7

The rain stopped and started again. Mist rolled in and back out. I realized that I had the makings of a perfect rainy day project. I would observe and paint the view as it changed throughout the morning. It was awesome. I worked quickly to try to capture the subtle and not so subtle shifts in the light and colors. I ended up painting five studies before the sun decided to finally break out and end my rainy day project.

'Rainy Day Marsh 3'. 5x7

Now if the sun would only stay out to give us one last sunset. I am headed home tomorrow with lots of great memories and a box of pastels that have seen better days. That's a good thing.

I have lots more to post about from this trip....Gogh box review, pastel selection tops, meeting Facebook friends and more!



M. J. Joachim said...

Your artwork is so beautiful. I especially love the top painting in this post. Glad you had such a wonderful time painting your world. The rain sounds positively lovely.

Jane said...

Sounds like it was an awesome trip, Karen!

Karen said...

Thank you MJ and Jane! It has been an awesome week!

robertsloan2art said...

This is so gorgeous! I love the way you did capture the changes in the light and feel as the rain came and went. That first painting is spectacular!

I always learn something - that first painting has the rain feeling so well it takes my breath away.

Karen said...

Thanks Robert! It was sio much fun yo be able to sit where it was dry and comfortable and paint the changes! I will do this again when I get a chance. It was a great learning experience!