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South Trail Head, Ojibway.  Plein Air 8 x 10 Oil on Ampersand Museum Series Gessoboard $250

South Trail Head, Ojibway. Plein Air 8 x 10 Oil on Ampersand Museum Series Gessoboard $250 (Sale pending)

Tuesday was a beautiful sunny day.  Even though the temperature was -8°C or 18°F I was dressed for the weather.  My paints however, were not liking the low temperatures.  They were stiff and hard to get out of the tube.  My pochade painting box was not co-operating and I struggled to get my panel secured.  Yes, a few curse words were muttered.   Then,  I could hardly loosen my tripod legs.  I did eventually get set up, but frustration had set in.  It took me a bit to settle down, and get into the scene.  Some days just don’t seem to go well.  I quit early with my painting only partially complete.

smDSC_8364Friday we got another beautiful sunny day, and the temperature was much warmer.  I set out again to finish the painting.  I made some changes this time out.  My hubby is always bringing me home random items.  He recently brought me a thermal lunch bag.  Into this bag I put all my paint tubes, along with a hot water bottle.  It really made a big difference in the paint.  It was easier to get out of the tube and it seemed to remain workable much longer.  It could also be because the weather was not quite as cold.  Thankfully, I was able to complete the painting.

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