21 Aug

I went out for plein-air painting last Sunday, The weather was nice. I enjoyed every minute of it.

It has been 14 years since I started painting watercolor seriously.  And yet, I had never painted outside until 2016.  Last summer, I attended a 6-week residency program, where I attended the summer course of the Marchutz School of Fine Arts in AIx-en-Provence, France.  I  studied oil painting with much younger students.  For a guy who graduated from college more than two decades ago, it was a quite experience. Actually there are too many things to say and too many emotions that I had during the stay. I cannot summarize the experience here in my blog.  I hope I can upload my short memoir in Aix in the "Reading" section of this site someday (I've been writing it in Japanese for more than five months, but I haven't completed even a half of it).  

Anyway, one of the things that I learned in Aix was a joy of plein-air.  Painting oil outdoors requires an artistic sensitivity that is totally different from painting watercolor indoors.  Also, plein-air painting in general requires quick work due to the conditions that change every hour, or even every minute.  It feels like speaking a different language.   Both have pros and cons.  To me, however, I like both indoor and outdoor paintings.  It was a good change of pace for a watercolor painter like me who has been painting only indoors.  Boy, there are so many things to learn in painting.....

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