Most recent plain air adventure, a rural scene off US-119 in Longmont, CO. It was a little battle with sun and wind, and I felt a bit rusty from painting indoors for so long. Acrylic on canvas, 9x12.
This occasion reminded me why it is important to keep an eye on your gear. Whenever I paint in town, I try to position myself so that access to me and my gear is partially blocked, by a fence, railing, post or even a wastebasket, but out on a trail or in the countryside I don't take as many precautions. When I stopped by this scene, on a remote bike path, I decided to walk up the hill a bit to check the view from that higher point (which is where eventually I painted this from). From that vantage point I could still clearly see my gear bag, which I had left at the bottom of the hill. All of a sudden a cyclist appeared, and stopped by my bag. I yelled from the top of the hill that the bag was mine. He waved back and stood there for a while. Had he taken off with my bag, I would not have been able to catch up on foot. Fortunately, it seems that he had merely been curious to see a bag unattended, and enjoyed a short brake from riding... after a minute he proceeded on his way. I walked down and picked up my gear and returned to the hill to set up to start painting, very relieved that the situation turned out well but suddenly more aware never to take chances.
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