I'm not sure why I love plein air painting so much. It felt like a perfect fit when I finally found out about a local paint-out group. The Virtual Paintout, while not a "real-life" paint-out, is something I've really enjoyed participating in. Bill Guffey created it several years ago. He chooses the location for the month and artists find their view to paint using Google Street View. It's all explained on his blog along with a list of previous locations which can be anywhere in the world where those Google cameras have been. The drawings or paintings for the month are submitted to Bill and he generously posts them all on his blog and on Facebook.
The location for April 2013 was Bulgaria. I'm pretty sure I won't be seeing Bulgaria in person so it was fun as always to look around, virtually. I started looking around the city of Varna and found some wonderful views I thought would be fun to paint. Then as the end of the month approached I realized I had signed up for the two-day workshop given by Fealing Lin and hadn't done my Virtual Paintout piece. I kind of ran out of time and could only finish one gouache piece. But I like the way it turned out, so that's a plus!
|5" x 7" gouache|