Painting on a mountain is always a thrilling experience. The day I went up to paint this the wind was gusting and I had to tape everything down. It was also quite cold and my hands and face began to freeze as I was painting. Braving the elements like this made painting a different experience than being in my cozy warm studio. It also made my painting more alive, the light more tangible. There was a sense of urgency when I was painting the likes of which I never get when in my studio.
This plein-air sketch was done on a steep trail at Whitecliff park. In the distance you can see Vancouver Island.
Some acomplished artists say that one of the essential elements of success for an artist is painting Plein Air.
When you are out in nature painting, it is all before you in real time with real light, and your eye can pick up a lot of colors that cannot be captured by a camera. The natural energy of the place will seep into your paintings to give an effect you cannot quite capture in the studio.
This particular sketch was done at UBC overlooking Wreck Beach.