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Continued: Painting outdoors, Twin Cities 'en plein air' artists are in their element

  • Article by: ANNA PRATT , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 2, 2013 - 4:17 PM

That is, the lighting changes quickly. “Some painters will say, ‘I gotta chase that light,’ ” he said.

Dimock, though, said: “I try to stick with my original plan.”

Still, weighing the possibilities is part of the fun, he said, as he tried to decide whether to deem his current oil painting done.

Even if he goes the wrong way, with too much or too little detail, it’s a chance to grow as a painter.

These leisurely outings work well for that. “You’re in that zone. It’s almost like your sensory perception is turned up,” he said, adding that cataract surgery has helped, too.

In this setting, it’s as if “the whole world is right there for you,” he said.


Anna Pratt is a Minneapolis free-lance writer.


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