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December 2013

Welcome my friends, to December’s journey of Plein Air 365™ 2013!

Happy New Year, and welcome to what looks like a great New Year!

Well, we’re already into the third week of the new year, and the scenes just keep getting better and better. But before I get too far ahead of myself, I would like to take you back to my journey of a month of nocturnal painting.

December is a month of painting some of the many wonderful lighted Christmas and holiday lights that the mountains and the city provide. This is was a little better than years in the past, as far as the weather goes (even though we had a week of -10 to -20 degrees, not counting the wind chill). Everyone asks, “How do you keep the paints from freezing?” The answer is simple; I use oil paints. They will get a little stiff, and if you use a cheap paint you have to use a little more linseed oil, but a quality oil paint is good up to -20. At least that’s the coldest I’ve been when foolish enough to be out using them.

Speaking of being out in the cold, that was one of the reasons I was on our local Channel 4 News. I was painting the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Evergreen Lake (Dec. 6, 2013). Santa was there to light the tree, and I was there to paint the tree. That was when Channel 4 weather man Dave Aguilera spotted me and was wondering why someone would be out painting in -9 degree weather. If you would like to see my answer to Dave’s question, you can see it here…http://cbsloc.al/KqwwHZ

Also making the news, Outdoor Painter magazine wrote a little blurb commenting on painting in the cold as well. Either I am crazy or people find it fascinating that I do this! http://www.outdoorpainter.com/news/parting-shot-plein-air-christmas.html

Finally, to end the year, we had a nice get-together of family and friends, celebrating around a few big bonfires on the patio. Stocked with some of a few wonderful varieties of chili to help keep us warm, not to mention brats, beer, and some tasty apple pie! To top off the night, I was joined by a group of friends and family standing on a frozen lake to witness me painting the great firework display and ringing in the new year.

There is so much more that I would love to tell you about, but for now, please sit back and relax, and I hope you enjoy December’s journey as much as I did painting it.

May love fill your heart, and art fill your world.

Best Regards,


Read More . . .
Night Light
December 1, 2013
Upon the Mountain
December 2, 2013
Creekside Christmas
December 3, 2013
Wishing Well Christmas
December 4, 2013
Christmas Entrance
December 5, 2013
Lighting of the Tree
December 6, 2013
Bell Tower Lights
December 7, 2013
Big Santa
December 8, 2013
Southwest Warmth
December 9, 2013
Hoilday Peace
December 10, 2013
Starry Mountain Light
December 11, 2013
Table Mesa Christmas
December 12, 2013
Creekside Christmas Tree
December 13, 2013
Lights Upon the Mountain
December 14, 2013
All Lit Up
December 15, 2013
A Beary Christmas
December 16, 2013
Christmas Reflections
December 17, 2013
Full Moon Christmas
December 18, 2013
Christmas Barn
December 19, 2013
Three Wise Trees
December 20, 2013
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