It was a great day for plein air painting in St. Paul… at least it ended up as a great day for plein air painting in St.Paul.
I made my way to the park this morning, and with view finder in hand, began looking for inspiration and the next subject to paint. I set up my pochade box 3 times. Twice I even got a panel out and was about to begin. But then I stopped. What was stopping me? I was bored. I was bored with the subject before the painting even began.
So I thought back to my own list of 5 thing to remember when you’re plein air painting. There was nothing wrong with anything that I was seeing in the park, but I had painted subjects similar to these before. It felt very familiar, very safe, very been there, done that. I decided to cross the street, and with my pochade box zipped away in my back pack, I began climbing down the steep bank from street level towards the river below. I found a nice flat out cropping of rocks and I set up.
The painting above is the result of my climb. The look of the painting may not seem revolutionary, but it was a great learning experience for me this morning. I was reminded that there really isn’t much of a point to painting something because it’s easy, safe, or something that I know I can paint. What I mean is, one of the big things that has kept me painting is taking on new challanges, and constantly trying to improve my skill.
In the end, it was a great day for plein air painting in St. Paul. Of course I had to go all the way to the edge of St. Paul. (Minneapolis is on the other side of the river.)