Last Monday, the Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Society were happy to have some relief from the bitter cold. We enjoyed a mild and sunny day along the lake near Colchester. Instead of a hot water bottle, I added a little bit of highly concentrated rubbing alcohol to my paints to keep them from freezing. Working only in black and white, I created a value sketch out behind the home of another artist who spent the day preparing for freezing rain, making sure her paths to all her maple trees were clear. We all helped her out when we needed to warm ourselves with a little labour.
As expected, the weather turned nasty again, so I hunkered down in my studio and finished my painting, “Maple Trail” 18” x 24” acrylic on board.