Monday, October 19, 2009

Jon Hall - Videos

Jon Hall (aka Suncage) has some interesting plein air videos on youtube including this one, entitled Yellow, which involves throwing paint at the canvas, and another about a project he called The Limner's Contract for which he did a painting outdoors every day for a year.

Since he uses acrylics, he had to keep them from freezing in the winter. Sometimes he would build a fire (which would not only keep the paint from freezing but also help dry the paintings and warm his hands as well) and sometimes, if it rained, he would use a blowtorch (being careful not to damage the painting surface).

He describes the experience in a matter-of-fact way. "You can put up with anything, you know. Whatever the weather throws at you, you just deal with it. There were times when it was so windy I'd have to lower the easel right to the bottom and actually paint lying down. How do you paint when your hands are frozen? You paint from the shoulder."

Good to keep in mind as we head into the autumn season.

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