– Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today –

James Coe taught plein air painting at the recent TexArt workshop, an event focused primarily on wildlife art organized by the Susan K. Black Foundation and the Society of Animal Artists, and the weather was … consistent.

Lead Image: James Coe paints in flat light on an overcast day in Texas’s Hill Country.

“It was overcast the entire time,” says Coe. “The consistent light was very nice, and it was unusually lush and green for this time of year in Texas. I liked playing that against the warm rock faces.”

But Coe, who is well known for illustrating best-selling bird guides, confesses that another aspect of painting in Texas Hill Country in May appeals to him. “Listening to so many bird songs and calls while I was painting was the best part,” he confides.


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