Plein air or outdoor painting and sketching season is slowly trickling away. Rain and cold make it difficult to sit outside for long periods at a time and to continue sketching things not in the house requires some creativity such as using the inside of your car as shelter and parking it in interesting places, sketching in door ways or places with an overhang, and rampant abuse of your local coffee shop for example. I thought I would post a picture of one of my last summer outdoor sketches. This apartment building is across the way from the Corbin Art Center. It is one of many old brick buildings in Spokane that has been re-purposed many times as can be seen by the large R sign on top of the roof and the decorative crests along the top edge of the building. I wonder what its story is?
I painted this on a gorgeous sunny afternoon while sitting on a grassy hill. Perfection!