First to bloom, Ed Cahill, Plein Air Painting

A cool Spring so far

I’m always commenting on the weather because it’s such an integral part of plein air painting—things a just easier when it’s a bit warmer and we have some light to work with. I’m a bit behind on this blog after a busy few weeks but this is a portrait of my neighbor’s Chinese Magnolia which is always first to bloom here. I just love the soft pink and apple green combination. It’s a true sign of things to come.

I started this on a sunless Sunday a few weekends ago and let it dry a bit before going out the next day when we had some sun to put in the light. It was about 5:30 in the afternoon and the shadows were long and the light was that lovely golden whiskey.

First to bloom
First to bloom

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