February 22, 2014: Staring at the Sun

On a gorgeous midwinter Sunday, I swung by and picked up Hyeg and we headed out to the old plein air stand-by, Palos Verdes.  It was the first plein air painting I had done since the new year, but more important, it was the first painting with my new hat.  Can a hat come in handy when you’re in the field?  More than I knew…

Turns out the place I had chosen, although beautiful, was also facing due west, which meant that for the last two hours of our session, I was literally staring into the sun.  I had to keep adjusting my hat as the sun was setting, finally settling on a head tilt/low brim combination.

One other note about this momentous day: this was the first time I had ever painted a bougainvillea, and painting a bougainvillea is a lot easier than cleaning up after one.

PleinAir_8_2-22-14

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