I just joined the Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters group as a freshman artist (I have no experience painting outdoors other than very recently).

Yesterday's effort on location.

Spending my time during the corona virus lockdown: found an old snap shot my father took in 1964 of a street book seller at an art festival in Brattleboro, Vermont. I like the composition in the snap and so blocked it in with acrylics yesterday. It's waiting for me to get back to work but I'm feeling lazy!

Plein air painting is new to me. I did a trial set-up yesterday but only toned a panel. Today went on location and selected a view. It was sunny when I started but cloudy an hour or so later.


I will have to use liquid or gel retarder to keep the acrylics moist enough to blend/work. I was wondering if that was going to be necessary. Now I know.


I found myself abandoning my selected color harmony and trying to imitate the natural colors. I do not want to do that but the out doors was just overwhelming. I learned. I plan to adjust the colors back indoors.


Happy to have the umbrella to shade the palette and painting or the paints would really be impossible to work. I mist the palette but will probably have to start using sta-wet palette paper as well as retarder.


Need to get a stool for an occassional rest.

My acrylic washes are "crawling" at 50 degrees.

Still too cold out for plein air, at least for me. Doing some small pieces from snap shots I take while walking around the neighborhood everyday.

"35=5" at MuCCC in Rochester, NY. Group show of thirty-five artists who had solo shows at MuCCC over the past five years. Each artist is showing one piece. "Gus and Lena of Dansville" was my submission. It is 100% digital, created with "ArtRage" painting software and printed on stretched canvas.


Too many artists still have no idea how a painting software program works! Most are totally mystified. Overheard one fellow exhibitor exclaim, after reading "Digital Painting" on the title card, "I have no idea what that even is!"

"ArtRage" is the digital painting program I use. Oils, watercolors, pencils, charcoal, pastels, pens, markers and a wide range of tools for each. Very professional. Includes "layers".

Show runs through the middle of March, "New Deal Gallery", Murray Hill Drive, Mt. Morris, New York

(above) Selfie with "Summerville Beach, N.S."


 (above) "Lake Mayer, Savannah" sold during the opening reception.