It's been an intense week. It started dramatically last weekend with Adam's 16th birthday happening at the same time that a 15-year-old girl from his school was brutally murdered in broad daylight at a local park. We continue to follow the disturbing story that has turned our community upside down, but thankfully the arrival of Michelle, my good buddy from Calgary, came at the right time. We had a good week. She was accompanied by her Whippet, Austin, and he and Coco burned up the beach together.
We spent one day prowling the streets, which netted us some great urban photos and a newly-discovered gem on Main Street, a hole-in-the-wall art supply shop run by a guy named Stan. He carries Kama oil paint, a stellar find.
Our first day of painting was at nearby Mud Bay. I'd never painted en plein air before and struggled beside Michelle's confident mastery of the medium.
We headed out to Westham Island at the southwest end of Delta for our second painting day. This time I tried a completely different approach. I'm not sure which was more successful (neither -- I'm hopelessly out of my depth), but this one was a whole lot faster! (Note: this was about 'going back to school', not Making Masterpieces.)
Now I have serious pochade box lust. Michelle let me use hers while she used her French easel. Never having done this before, I can see how addicting
the plein air painting field trip can be. Anyone care to join me? All it will cost you is a pochade box, tripod and a replacement for the Holbein brush washer I lost somewhere out there (!@?!#%!).