May 10, 2014

My Plein Air Video Demo - take a look!

The folks at Opus asked if I would like to do this project with them.  I had a lot of fun doing it, and I thought that sharing it with you guys would be a great way to kick off my 91 days of summer project.

You will notice, if you follow my blog, that I have painted the same scene in this video that I posted in my last blog.  The difference is that in the three weeks between that painting and this EVERYTHING turned green,  which proved a little daunting but I welcomed the excercise.  I changed my vantage slightly, but aside from that it is much the same scene as my previous post.

I have just moved back to Surrey after an absence of 20 some odd years to help care for my mom who has Alzheimers disease.  It is a very bittersweet experience for me, but I know I am in the right place, doing what I need to do and what I want to do.  It feels that things have come full circle, and it is good to see the spring.

 I had forgotten how green things were at the coast in the spring.  I think I'll call this painting "The Green Green Grass of Home".

If you enjoy the blog and this video, please invite your friends to follow along on my journey of painting 91 plein air pieces this summer.  I already have several done, and will start posting them next week.  I have had some response from followers that are thinking about taking up the challenge of setting a plein air painting goal this summer.  I would love to hear from more of you.

All the very best,



Plein Air in the Great Bear Rainforest, June 13-18
Plein Air in Tofino, bc June 22-24

#2 - The Green, Green Grass of Home, oil on canvas, 9X12"


  1. Gaye, your plein air video is fabulous ... so informative and packed full of great ideas! I will be sure to recommend it to everyone I know who is taking on this challenging pursuit. You've provided so many useful insights plus you are pleasure to watch ;) Good luck to you in the new chapter of your life ... so indicative of the wonderful human being you are. Your painting is dynamite, too! Best, Bobbi

  2. Wonderful painting and video. I am a art teacher and I am going to show this to my students. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wonderful Video Gaye! Your voice is clear, confident and the information is concise but packed full of good info.
    I heard a really good show yesterday on The Current yesterday on Alzheimers and they talked about a wonderful place in Surrey called the Chorney Centre. The shows are all podcasted and perhaps if you didn't hear it, there may be some nugget that is helpful.
    All the best