The first week of May, the town of Kinston hosts their annual plein air competition. This year, we were blessed with cool weather…at times, I had to wear 2 light jackets and gloves. Of course, I was painting at 4:30 am trying to capture the nocturne painting that is listed below. Although the weather was cool, it was also very overcast and sometimes rainy. However, true to the plein air tradition, the artists embraced the weather and painted anyway.
The painting above, “Kinston Offroad“, was my most favorite painting of the event. It’s always nice to get out in the open field and sling paint on a somewhat larger size panel. My usual size plein air paintings range from 8×10 to 11×14’s, so it’s a fun challenge to work larger…plus, it helps me to loosen up in my style.
Below are a few of the paintings I painted during the event:
The nocturne above received an honorable mention in the competition.
When it’s too rainy to paint outside, take your paints inside!