From Jim Clyde:
“When the immortal Scottish poet Robert Burns penned the words….”the best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang oft agley…” he must have had the plein air painter in mind.
Many times I have set up my easel in the brilliant sun of a mid-winter day only to find a short time later that the temperature has dropped 20 degrees and the wind has created a chill factor that renders one’s fingers inoperable. Struggle on or pack it up?
Or the refulgent summer sky deteriorates into overcast and thunderstorms. Not wishing to confirm Franklin’s theory of electricity, I fold up my easel and head home.
But there is nothing quite like painting outdoors, or “en plein air”. Under the tutelage of Gloucester painter/teacher David Curtis, I have gained an appreciation of outdoor painting and the spontaneity that it necessarily generates. By the way, you can always identify a painting that’s been done en plein air…. There are bugs and grass in the paint!”
Come join us to see Jim and his work this coming Wednesday evening to Alchemy’s brick room gallery from 5:30-7:30 PM. And when you’re done taking in the view, if you’re still feeling frisky stick around for some live music by John Rockwell and some ladies night delights. Music from 7-9.