– Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today –

Who hasn’t had a similar situation happen to them while plein air painting?

Lead Image: Location, location, location

Paint a boat, and the boat may set sail. Sketch in that picturesque fruit stand, and watch the delivery truck pull up in front of it. Plein air painters are depicting the world, and the world doesn’t stand still. But one would think that a quiet spot in Aruba would be a good bet for a stable view.


Kathryn A. McMahon set up away from the beach to get a tranquil scene. She had no problem painting around the tree in the center of her view. But evidently, the shade from that tree attracted those wishing to park their trucks out of the sun.

McMahon said she packed up her gear with plans to return the next day … setting up on the other side of the tree.


  1. In a very remote area in Alaska I set up to paint from the front deck of a small tug boat I was traveling on. Then what comes along? A huge motor yacht! Parked itself right in front of me and there was nothing I could do. Unfortunately we were leaving early the next morning. I still have the begining of that painting… so frustrating.


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