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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Painting trip to Grampians - Day 5

With weather forecast telling us about gale force winds around 40km/h, I knew it would be an enormous challenge to do plein air painting. 
But, I wouldn't give up this opportunity. 
So, I packed up my gear early in the morning and went to Arboretum.

I set up my easel under a big gum tree to avoid the wind. Actually it's not a good idea due to the danger of tree branch falling down on my head. However, this is the only option I had. 

Well, it was extremely difficult. I had to keep holding the easel while painting, and it was blown away once. I spent 2 hours but had to give up. Very unfortunate. It's a great view of Mt Sturgeon. 

Oil on panel. 16x20 in. 

In the afternoon I went to see 3 Peak Festival in a park. This is an annual community fair. I love these small festivals in a country, with local art and produce market. 
There's a good band 'Since Tuesday' from Portland. 

Also there's a lovely exhibition at a gallery 'Off the Rails'. This is a former railway station now converted as an art space. It's a great idea. 

Then I decided to try one more painting although the wind didn't seem to get better. I went back to Arboretum and picked up this location overlooking Mt Abrupt. 

This time I attached my easel to a big gum tree and put extra weight to the easel.

Although I had to hold the easel as I paint, it didn't collapse this time and I just managed to finish it. I spent 2.5 hours. I've never painted under this horrible condition before. Although it was a big challenge and very frustrating, I think I did ok on this one. 

Oil on panel. 16x20 in. 

Again I had a lovely dinner with my host.
I really enjoy talking with them about art. With their friend joining us, it was really a great evening. 
Oh, the wind is still going crazy outside!

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