Seascape in Storm – sold

Stormy Day and Horse Carriage

I’m at my best when the weather turns extreme. There are many benefits you know :)
1) The biggest, of course, the sky.
How fast things change, super contrasts coming and going. A spectacle.
2) But besides this, hardly anyone walks the beach.
Peace at last! to concentrate fully on nature. Sure!!

Might you not understand: I’ve talked about the ‘pesky’ passerby-ers before, who all think they’re just one of a few each day (..) All allowed, all fine, but all costing you your concentration, which is not fine. It will always be ‘a thing’. Some days you’ll handle it better than other days. That’s just the way it is. A true Occupational Hazard for being a plein-air beach painter. (That’s why painting the countryside is way more appealing too.)

On average:

– 100 ‘talks’ per painting session in Summer

– 30 in Winter

– in extreme weather, maybe 2 or 0. YAA! That’s better. Very true.



SSP03 Seascape Plein air Painting
“Stormy Day and Horse Carriage”

Roos Schuring, oil on canvas, 24 × 30 cm | 9.6″ x 11.8″
(available)Paintings in Shop

PS And I might need to mention, I found the passerby-ers in California way more well-behaved than the bulk of those we encounter here in Holland. Maybe most of the average Dutch people are just too blunt or unequipped to appreciate/respect art, the artist or the creative process. And children are most of the times better commenters than average adults are here.

TIPS: Two things you can do, 1) wear really big headphones or 2) take a video camera along. The camera works THE BEST to have more peace working during ‘normal days’, scares most peeps off.


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Comments 6

  • JurriaanFebruary 11, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Roos, 2 other tips I read somewhere:
    1) Lay a hat with a couple of €€ in it next to your easel; Dutch people hate to pay.
    2) Put on a T-shirt with the wording on your back: “ If you talk to me I shall tell you everything of the bible”?

  • C-MarieFebruary 11, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Roos, Great article! Thank you!! I expect most people do not think about the concentration aspect of artists’ work. The people see the sky, the water, the sand, and maybe just expect you pick up your brush and go for it. What is so hard about that?? But we know better, that the “seeing” and “looking” and “deciding and choosing and feeling and….” is very involved indeed within our inner selves. Love your work! P.S Yay for Californians for that is where I am. God bless you and yours, C-Marie

  • Rudy VolbedaFebruary 11, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    It’s simple Roos. Headphones.

  • SherrieFebruary 12, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Now we know why you paint in extreme weather! Though I can’t imagine your concentration, while painting, being broken by mere passerbys. That, to me however, is why I have avoided painting outdoors. Having people watch my meagre attempt at plein air intimidates me to the point that after a few bad experiences I stopped painting outside. Any suggestions on that?

  • RoseFebruary 12, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Sherrie well you can’t be stopped by fear of criticism of course or other pesky moments which you could encounter. For me it’s the ONLY way to paint the beauty of Nature standing eye to eye with it. That’s why a storm and great skies could enhance the concentration, there’s nothing but that moment, and that’s why peeps could mess up this connection. Even if all is meant well..’can I have a look’ you’ll hear for the 10001st time.. and yes, at one point I choose painting over this communicating..of course. The work is what matters: —- For you: go where you can paint nature eye to eye. Say you can’t talk because you’re painting. Or find places less crowded. Do it more often + structural. Everything that’s a one time try often gets set aside. Make it your mission! Success!

    • Zoe BrownFebruary 14, 2018 at 8:32 am

      I was painting by an apparently deserted river inlet and suddenly a child’s voice said, “ That’s really brilliant!”. It gave me a shock and I turned round to find about 10 people watching me! I spoke to the little boy to encourage him (and hopefully his parents) to make art but concentration was GONE! All the other people melted away! On another occasion I was just sketching with pastels in a fairly busy place, hat on the ground, and this elderly gentleman rummaged in his pockets and gave me what appeared to be his last £1 coin. I tried to give it back to him but he wouldn’t take it so I gave it to charity feeling rather guilty!

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