People with a hand out will occasionally be in the picture when you paint en plein air in the city. Here’s how to handle panhandlers. In certain areas of Los Angeles (and I suppose in any large city), a plein air painter … Read More
It seems that, while many contemporary plein air artists are attracted to city scenes with its remarkable architecture and animated population, they prefer not to be bothered by the later. So, some have devised ways to discourage interruption while they paint. One artist said he would put a tin cup labeled ‘tips’ near his easel and would nudge it with his foot toward anyone who might want to approach. Another artist said he would bring his pit bull dog with him and chain it to a leg of his easel. There’s also the ‘cough uncontrollably’ technique or the straight-forward message, ‘artist does not talk while painting’ sign scrawled in large letters on cardboard hung over their shoulders like a sandwich sign.
The Azusa Street Revival was an extended Pentecostal meeting which began at the turn of the 20th century. Its initial thrust lasted several years. However, it sparked a move of the Holy Spirit in the United States that continues to … Read More
Painting on a bustling city street has its challenges and opportunities; most notably…curious onlookers. Let’s look at those.
I pitched my easel on the corner of 47th St. and Central Ave. in Los Angeles to paint en plein air. The carnival across the street was a colorful contrast to the dusty beige buildings slumped beneath sticks of dry palms … Read More