Bernard Dick - Artist

This was my 4th outing with the "Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters". There were at least 3 others from the group there but I didn't see any of them. Not unusual as they had the entire township as a subject. I did meet one other artist working just down the canal from me but he was with the "Greater Rochester Plein Air" group.

July 21, 2020

Using as a reference a photo I took on a trip to China.

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.

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