"Mare Aperto" (Open Sea)
Acrylic on canvas board
Recently I heard many painters praising the the art of painting on location. I'm sure plein air painting has a special feel to it, the fact that you are there, breathing in the scene, and you can move even so slightly your head and perceive depth, lights and shadows at different levels makes a difference in the painting process and the end result.
Most of these fellow artists are oil painters. Unfortunately acrylics dry very quickly - and it is one of the reasons why I enjoy them, so I'm not complaining - and painting outdoors make them dry even faster. I tried painting en plein air with acrylics, but I found it extremely challenging: even using the Liquitex Slow-Dri Fluid Retarder I had trouble keeping the paint fluid. Maybe one day I'll try oils, who knows?
Anyway, for this painting Mare Aperto, I sure wish I could have painted on location! During the all painting time I could almost hear the waves crushing and the breeze blowing. I was only looking at a photo, but it made me travel with my fantasy. :)