I love to paint! I will paint anywhere! But the most frustrating and challenging place to paint is right outside your window… outside.  Outside, in heat and cold, wind, rain (inside your car) or snow (stand on paper), and with friendly partners (bugs, flies, squirrels, moose (yes, moose). Painting outside is the ultimate challenge!

It is also the best way to actually see what you are painting. Have you ever taken gorgeous photos, and then, when you looked at them later, you wondered why you took the images in the first place? Photographs cannot give accurate information ( a subject for a book). If you are a painter and have never painted outdoors, try it!

The paintings in this exhibition were all painted outdoors. I don’t paint the same way outdoors as I do indoors. The sun keeps on trucking, the shadows change, the light changes, you get hungry, flies are bad. Whatever! Plan for it and give yourself two hours to catch the light and color in a quick sketch. Take a photo of what captured your attention. Then take it back to your painting abode and look at your painting and the photo. Your painting will give you life! It will have the actual light, color, and form. The photo can support your information. Paint it again!       

Contact Mary for information and/or sale.

Artwork: 
BENSON GRIST MILL
EDEN FARM
FOGGY MORNING
LOOKING EAST, EDEN
QUICK SKETCH
RAINING ON MOAB
SEASIDE
SILVER LAKE
THE SIDE OF THE ROAD
OCTOBER APPLES