To practice for my first plein air festival this Saturday in Chestnut Hill, I went out with all of my gear to see if I could paint a 16 x 12 inch painting in one day.
What happens at a plein air festival, you ask? Essentially, a few dozen artists will all paint outside at the same time and a judge will award prizes to the best work produced.
We will have about 4-5 hours before judging. This sounds like plenty of time, but this painting took me three refills of my parking meter (in all 6 hours) to complete...and I still got a ticket*!!!
Lessons learned: paint smaller (or faster) and park in a lot!
*Note: Chestnut Hill parking enforcement personnel have a superhuman ability to write tickets the very second your meter expires.