Plein air painters of Lane County, Oregon paint outside every week.
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Happy New Year!
The PPLC monthly calendar has a new format! The calendar is now two days a week, Friday and Saturday, at the same location, and will run from the spring until the first two weekends in November.
During the late fall and winter seasons we will switch to 'Extreme Plein Air Painters', painters who will continue to paint outdoors in cooler and wet weather. Anyone interested in painting in the winter months will connect via email, facebook and phone, there won't be a published calendar. Let me know if you are interested in being an 'Extreme Plein Air Painter!'.
Painting outside in the winter months. There are a handful of PPLC painters that paint throughout the winter months. I, personally, have been painting in the colder, wetter months for several years now. I find the winter scenery just as beautiful and inspiring as in spring, summer and fall. Extreme Plein Air painting is not for everyone, but if you want to give it a try there are some things you can do to make it an enjoyable experience. I call it 'gearing up'. Along side having your regular painting set up, you need to wear layers of warm clothes, warm socks, water proof boots, water proof pants, winter coats and vests, fingerless gloves, a scarf and a warm hat. I also use hand warmers that you can buy locally for about a dollar a pair, they work great! Water and some food are essential too. Of course there are conditions that are not desirable to paint in, but, I have painted in rain, wind, hail and snow! At that point it's time to pack it in and go back to the studio. It is nice when the sun comes out, we have had some very successful days Extreme Plein Air painting in the winter. If you are adventurous at all, it is worth giving it a try, It's a lot of fun! Enjoy and keep painting outside! Victoria