It's Spring Break this week for my granddaughters, and the 2 youngest are spending a few days with me. I always love having them with us and they are such a help to me while they are here. I am so ready for Spring to arrive, I am ready to go outside to paint. Of course that looks a little different for me than for most plein are painters. Luckily we live out in the country on 27 acres and I can literally walk out my back door and have something to paint. I usually have my husband haul everything out for me and find a spot where I can comfortably paint, that is not too far from the house. I can't stand for long so I paint sitting down. I have a comfortable chair and a lightweight easel ( a tripod with a guerrilla box) and a small table to hold my pastels. Even though I am not going far from the house I do try and limit my palette so there is not so much to carry. I suppose the big thing I want to say here is don't let your disabilities keep you from trying to go outside to paint. It is a great experience and with a little help and a few adjustments, it can be done. Even if it doesn't meet your expectations of great art, the experience is freeing. When you deal with chronic pain, you can become so fearful of trying anything new that you end up making a prisoner of your self in your home. When I paint out of doors I am doing it more for the thrill of being outside and being surrounded by nature. The art comes, even if what I paint that day isn't that great, I use it as a jumping off point for the next piece. We have to experience nature to be able to paint nature. Go out, enjoy, breathe in the fresh air and just paint.
An award winning Pastel artist and blogger, who lives with Fibromyalgia, Psoriathic Arthritis, and Chronic pain.