I first came to Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC in search of the dragonflies. Following the dragonflies graceful territorial battles with each other and hunting down the damselflies are one of my favorite activities in the summer. It was late June when a fellow dragonfly lover told me about the dragonflies at Kenilworth, and I immediately headed over. By the way, they said, there's a lot of water plants in bloom for them to land on.
I've been inspired to start making some of my art materials by the work of Nick Neddo, a Vermont artist who makes his own art materials after reading his book The Organic Artist. Artists have made their own materials for hundreds of years. It's only recently that art materials were made of items that weren't found in and connected to the place they are painting.
We were enjoying daytime temperatures in the upper 70's to low 80's here in Virginia last February. I took advantage of the opportunity to visit Virginia Beach to paint outside. Over time, the following tips have proven themselves to be valuable when painting outside: