Tip file: Plein air sketch vs. camera

From Jeremy Lipking, feature artist in the November 2008 issue of The Artist’s Magazine.

“Mountain Stream (below; oil, 6×8) is one of my small plein air works.
While painting it, the shadows were changing quickly, so I just tried
to record what I saw as fast as I could. Why not take a photograph?
That wouldn’t capture the grass blowing in the wind or the movement of
the water. Why not take a high-definition video? Neither videos nor
photos would convey what I felt when I sat before my easel for a couple
of hours on this quiet river bank. This image will be in my mental
rolodex forever, accompanied with the memory of mosquitoes buzzing in
my ear and the sun burning the back of my neck.

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