|Somewhere Creek 9x12 oil|
After developing tactics for dealing with wind, sunburn, insects, equipment, etc., we can focus on specific things we'd like to see happen in our art, better values, better color, better composition and so on. Determination and persistence take us through the inevitable frustrations. Sometimes I wonder how anybody comes back with anything at all. Sometimes I see I'm learning some things, and that fuels my drive.
One of the biggest benefits I've gained from painting outdoors is the realization that we aren't hostages to what we see. We take from the landscape the facts and effects that enable us to create something we feel. The physical subject is a trigger for expressing the things we feel in terms of what we find beautiful. What we come home with is something in-between the physical facts before us and the place our own imagination wants to go. I think painting outdoors is really about learning how to get there more dependably, and bringing back more of what we found.