As an amateur hobbyist I use my photos as reference. Since my husband had worked as a naturalist I was used to looking at flora and fauna in great detail—something of a hindrance for trying to be impressionistic. Landscapes and flowers are my favorite subjects and I enjoy painting old buildings and historic sites as well. Taking a plein air class with Meredith trained me to speed up and paint on site to “catch the light”. But I need to practice more and more and forgo other hobbies and interests.
We enjoy driving to Albuquerque to attend the IAPS conference every other year, meeting artists from all over the world, seeing their works, and taking classes. The TPS has been a treasure trove of information and opportunity for us artists and has been an impetus for me to continue painting and try to improve my ability.