July 3, 2022

Plein Air: Watercolor Painting on the Water using Ocean Water

I recently passed my "sail check" so that I can rent sailboats from the Duxbury Bay Maritime School in Duxbury, Mass.  On this day, I brought my watercolor paint set and sketchbook.

Along the edge of the marsh, a tern splashed into the water, flying away with a fish.  Meanwhile, I splashed my brush into the ocean for water to paint with.

As I tacked back and forth working with the wind, I alternated between painting with my left and right hands.

The sights, the sounds, the sensations, the creating and the sailing all brought me into the precious now.

 Need I explain how much I love summer?

John Nordell teaches courses in the Visual and Digital Arts Program that he created at American International College in Springfield, Mass. He blogs about the creative process at CreateLookEnjoy.com  Instagram: @john.nordell