I'm caring for a long haired dachshund who is 15 going on 16 with lots of grey hair and very little energy. She loves being outside and wants to be next to me, but can't tolerate winds above 8mph, too much sun, cloudy days with no sun at all, temps above 60 degrees without shade or below 55 degrees without sun.
But with spring comes the hope that this year will be the year that I go out and plein air paint. So I try out the gear and equipment on my deck while the dog sits under the chair hoping that the sun doesn't move any further up on her body because then she will have to move.
I have tea to keep me warm and am only a few steps from my art studio lest I forget anything. More importantly, I'm only a few steps from the climate controlled inside and one of the dogs many places to lie down and snooze.
Because I am not in practice, the painting goes horribly wrong from a technical aspect, but it's perfect from a learning perspective. The dog will not move, so neither shall the chair. You should always put the chair out last, not first, as the dog will camp out underneath it.
Once you get set up, you will lose all ability to and interest in painting for the first few times. I did not remember this and was worn out when I began painting. I should have set up, thrown something down to say I painted (or better yet just admire the setup) and then take it down. One must practice showing up and cleaning up before you do the work.
Seeing as I did not remember this, I ended up trying to paint a masterpiece only to get frustrated when I couldn't. 75% of doing anything is showing up on-time and in a condition to do the work. Since I took so darn long getting myself situated between trying (and failing) to get an old dog to move, the scene that inspired me had changed and I was worn out and in no condition to paint anyway.
So, my lesson is practice showing up and being ready to work. Only then can you find the inspiration to actually do the work...until the dog becomes unhappy. Love her, but it's dawning on me that there's a reason the professional plein air painters hardly ever have their dog with them painting.