My Plein Air Visitor on the Mississippi River Levee

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope or Facebook, you’ve seen that I recently returned from the south of France where I participated in a plein air oil painting workshop led by the amazing Mary Garrish and organized by new friend Susan Truitt of Open Air Italy. What an incredible experience. I couldn’t wait to get home with my easel up and start painting outside in the Delta.

Last night, I set up my easel and prepared my palette on the Chicot County, Arkansas side of Mississippi River levee. When I’m painting plein air, it isn’t unusual for others to show interest…and I find it a pleasure to share.

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This particular friend stuck her nose in the alizarin crimson on my palette. We both looked at each other as if we were snickering and simultaneous saying, “oops”. She looked as if she had lipstick on her muzzle.

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Have you ever kissed a window with fresh lipstick? She kissed my window. I looked back and noticed she had rubbed the paint all over the driver side window as well as covering the hood of my car with alizarin crimson. Well, It looked as if she had made out with my car. So I paused my painting and wiped my car down with baby wipes.

So if you see me outside painting, feel free to honk, wave or even stop and say, “hello”. And if you’re so inclined, dip your muzzle in my paint.

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How’s your summer going?