Sunday, December 21, 2008
Painting at -10
I have discovered several things about painting outside in subzero temperatures.
1. Fingerless gloves/mitts are a godsend. I have an ugly purple pair that I was given years ago so I grabbed those as it doesn't matter if paint adds to the current colour. The top half of the mitten unsnaps to allow me to hold brushes, etc.
2. Oils act a little like my car feels when I first start it in very cold weather. Its hard and sluggish and needs more lubrication to get going. I used more turps and medium to get the consistancy that I wanted, but even then it was still heavy and took a while to 'warm' to the idea of doing anything resembling a painting.
3. People think you are stark raving mad to stand in a field at dawn painting when its -10. Avoid eye contact and keep going.
4. Plein air painting is the art world's version of extreme sports.