As promised I should like to tell you about my experience on the first day of painting en plein air at a shopping centre.
As you can see in the photograph of my display I was painting a local scene after a photo I had taken previously.
It took an hour and a half to set up my display. From then on it was fun. Although it was perhaps not the en plein air experience one would expect but at least it was nice and warm indoors. This time of year painting outdoors in freezing temperatures would not have been very pleasant.
A lot of people came by and many stopped to talk to me admiring my work. Needless to say there were no buyers. Well, I do see it more of an advertising exercise than a sales opportunity.
I could have taken several commissions on portraits but as I specialize in landscapes I had to turn them down. Some also wanted to come back with their dogs to have me paint a portrait of their pets.
As I was saying to a musician who came by to admire my work – praise to a painter is what applause is to a musician – it does not pay the bills but it makes you feel good.