The other day I hiked up into the mountains for some GTNP plein air painting and to try out my new pochade box. For a plein air painter, this day could not have turned out much better!
First of all it was a glorious day with big beautiful clouds floating across the sky. I had a 3 mile hike to Bradley Lake and then found a place to set up to paint. I sat right next to the lake on a giant rock and unpacked all my painting supplies.
After an hour and a half, and a few visitors who were curious about what I was doing, a group of 20-somethings came along. They politely asked if they could join me on the lakeside “beach” where I was painting, and before I knew it I was surrounded by the energy of a dozen fun loving people. Some even went swimming (!) in the very cold lake.
It turns out the group was from Minnesota and here for a wedding of two of their party. Meanwhile I continued working on my painting, which luckily was almost finished.
So it ended up being a very fun afternoon of hiking, a painting I was happy with, successfully using my new pochade box and meeting a nice group of people.
But it gets better because that evening I received this text from one of the women in the group:
Now that is a plein air painter’s dream! (isn’t it?) To go out painting and then sell the painting right off the easel! And the best news is that the painting went to a very special home, which is always important to me. Thanks to the group of friends who made that happen for the happy couple, you guys made my day!
If you’re interested, here’s a post on how I made this super lightweight Pochade box that only weighs 3.5 ounces. Now I can hike and paint in the mountains!