That's the Plein Air spirit. Don't let a little cold weather stop you.Fabulous !
Ahh, the old "the vodka's just to keep the brush from freezing" line...(You're a brave man to sit by that crack. I don't care how thick the ice was!)
Vodka also can be mixed with valve oil. Lord Mayor's New Years Day Parade, London, England. Band directors help the trombones and trumpets working despite it being the coldest January 1st since WW II. They were having trouble with lips sticking to mouthpieces and spit valves freezing up. More worried about making it through the parade intact than in tune...
A little for the paint a little for me....Nice painting!
It's inspiring to see you sketching in all kinds of places and conditions. So Vodka can be used as a medium - good to know!On the opposite end of extremes, have you found ways to paint with water-based media when it's very hot? I imagine a wet palette of some kind might help. Are there some media better than others for painting in warm temperatures?
NJL, it's not the heat, it's the humidity. Too dry or too moist is a problem. In dry conditions you can use a mist-sprayer and squeeze out the gouache on wet paper towels. In high humidity, you just have to be more patient.
Any particular reason you opted for gouache over casein? Or was it just what you happened to reach for that day?
Tom, it's just that I had gouache with me. Casein would have been fine, too.
Love reading these little plein air adventures.
James! I feel like a mom now! Are you crazy??? Do be careful out there! We need you around a long time! That said, great job! ;)
OMG… I'm so glad that crack didn't expand and dump you in the river.
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That's dedication. Great work!
Hello Very hic! nice hic! painting Mr. Gurney hic. Now tell me did the rest of the bottle go down into the crack or down into you hic! LOL
@Larry MacDougall: I see what you did there. Plein Air 'spirit' indeed...
Can you also use Vodka to speed the drying of gouache and watercolor when its cold and humid but not necessarily freezing? Thanks, I love your blog.
Bennett, I don't know if vodka would speed the drying or not, but it's worth a try.
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