Rain. Ugh. Who wants to paint IN THE RAIN????? Still, I set up my easel because my painting buddy wanted to go ahead, while all I wanted was to go ahead with was finding a hot coffee somewhere.
Lesson # 1 - YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT
I had waited all week to get out painting, and had made arrangements with my friend to get together and paint this area, and it was supposed to be nice out. I wanted sunshine, birds, and NO precipitation.
Lesson #2 -BUT IF YOU TRY SOME TIMES....
The Samoans have an poignant saying: "Never judge a day by the weather". There are a few advantages to painting in the rain - no sunburn, no bugs, consistent light, saturated colors. Hmmm....maybe I can work with this. I had an umbrella, after all.
Lesson #3 - YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED
What I needed was a lesson in working on an overcast/wet day. Working with the constant light made things easier and working with the saturated colors was great fun - so many different greens; it was tricky, but interesting. The paint flowed easily with the humidity in the air. During the last ten minutes of painting, a ray of sunlight filtered through the cloud layers and hit the cliffs. I debated including it because it only lasted a few seconds, and I didn't know if my visual memory would serve me well enough to pull it off; in the end, I think it was a good choice.
I plopped a suggestion of a road in the foreground to lead the eye in, and I was finished.
As I sat with my hot coffee afterwards, I reflected on what I had learned and decided it had been a really valuable painting day. Don't you love a surprise?