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Like so many, I am an artist in my spare time when my two young children and my work allow. Luckily I have a flexible work schedule and a job which feeds into my creative juices. I've been painting since I was twelve (I won't tell you how many years that makes) and currently work with acrylics and water-soluble oils. I like to paint en plein air (outdoors), regardless of the weather. Because acrylic freezes, I use oil for winter paintings.
Trees tell me their stories. Plein air painting is a method of painting which requires a great deal of organisation, adaptability and persistence as you may have to deal with changing weather, light and the unpredictability of mother nature. Plein air paintings are meant to be less detailed, more spontaneous than studio paintings. The idea is to capture the essence of the subject, its shapes and light-dark patterns without getting stuck on details. Plein air painting is invigorating and teaches me a great deal about being more efficient and bold in my work.
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