Destination PACE: Our first plein air painting road trip
Trip Duration 11 weeks: Feb 13 to April 28th
Me, Simon and Lucky at home just before the snow arrived
Time to escape the snow and the cold. Everything is so beautiful in the West Kootenays in winter, Christmassy I call it, even in early February. It just screams at me to go outside and paint. I really tried, but I guess I’m just not hardy enough. A soft Brit, not used to the minus 10 degrees with a wind chill factor of I don’t know what, even after 10 years in BC. It’s just not fun.
I tried standing on insulation, cutting out a finger and thumb hole in a pair of mittens and using hand warmers, but ended up wiping off the pastel with the rest of the mitten as I was painting. If anyone has any top tips on winter painting, I’m all (frozen) ears!
So we made our decision. Head south. The plan is…..there’s no plan, except to get to Big Bend, TX in time for the Outdoor Painters Society Paint-Out in early March and then eventually to San Diego for PACE, the Plein Air Convention & Expo at the end of April, a grand gathering of 900 plein air artists for workshops and painting fun.
Apart from those ‘deadlines’ the only aim we have is to hunt for exciting spots to paint. My work is not just about the grand scenery of untouched wilderness, but about all places of nature undominated by man, where the landscape and other life forms can be themselves. These are the places we’re seeking on this trip.
Our home for 11 weeks. Tent and Toyota Rav4
It was tight, but everything important fitted!