One of my favorite quotes is from the book “The Art Spirit, by Robery Henri” Published in 1923.
"The sketch hunter has delightful days of drifting about among people, in and out of the city, going anywhere, everywhere, stopping as long as he likes-no need to reach any point, moving in any direction following the call of interest. He moves through life as he finds it, not passing negligently the things he loves, but stopping to know them, and to note them down in the shorthand of his sketchbook. Like any hunter he hits or misses. He is looking for what he loves, he tries to capture it. It’s found anywhere, everywhere. Those who are not hunters do not see these things. The hunter is learning to see and to understand-enjoy."
I know how romantic all this might sound. The other side of painting en plein air is dealing with things you can’t control…weather, bugs, inquisitive tourists, sunburns, sprinklers, dogs…and noise! I have sketched in remote areas of the world to have a man with a weed wacker appear out of nowhere. My painting buddy Judy calls me the “weed wacker magnet”. Judy and I were painting last week when suddenly we were surrounded by every imaginable noisy machine you could imagine...and a weed wacker! We just laughed and continued to paint.