Plein Air Painting

So, truth be told- I haven’t done a lot of plein air painting.  This summer it is my goal to do much more of it.  I have found that painting outside from life is challenging for me because there is too much information.  In an attempt to include everything I see the paintings often become sloppy and confused.  A photograph filters out some of the noise.  A photograph allows me to step away from reality a bit and focus on image, rather than life.  However, I see this as an opportunity to grow.  A few days ago I took my new portable easel out to the lagoon at Sheridan Park.  The sun was shining, it was like 65 degrees.  It was also my birthday so I needed a little adventure.