Some ideas of how a female senior citizen could paint solo and feel safe. Any ideas anyone?

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Verna, some how I think we can use this site maybe this forum to make a paint out post for those who are interested. Say I'm going to the park to paint on Tuesday at 9am if anybody is intested. And then check back before you go to see if anyone commented about coming. This may work. Scott
Scott Boyle said:
Verna, some how I think we can use this site maybe this forum to make a paint out post for those who are interested. Say I'm going to the park to paint on Tuesday at 9am if anybody is intested. And then check back before you go to see if anyone commented about coming. This may work. Scott
I did an oops. Sorry. Honestly Scott, this was what I was hoping this site could lead to. With several people in the circle painting times could increase with this convenience.

Verna Hash said:
Scott Boyle said:
Verna, some how I think we can use this site maybe this forum to make a paint out post for those who are interested. Say I'm going to the park to paint on Tuesday at 9am if anybody is intested. And then check back before you go to see if anyone commented about coming. This may work. Scott
Verna,
Sometimes my biggest problem is finding a block of time to go where others are painting, so I have to snatch a quick personal paint out when I can. That usually means in my own yard. Fortunately I have a big yard surrounded by woods, but getting inspired for a new painting means looking at the old view in a new way. But I'm reading Lois Griffels' book PAINTING THE IMPRESSIONIST LANDSCAPE and have found an interesting exercise on setting up still life outside in order to study the effects of light. I'm thinking that would prove beneficial in improving my plein air landscapes, too. It's not as much fun as painting with artist friends, but I'll take what I can get.
Last week on a rainy day, Scott also provided inspiration when he brought his son to my composition class. While the class was going on, Scott set up outside the building under the corner of the roof and painted a lovely little landscape. The lesson for me? Take that paint everywhere! I take a sketch book everywhere, but now I'm rethinking how to pack paint or pastel small scale for every opportunity to paint in safe public places.
Verna,
Wear a scruffy old ball cap and baggy top and jeans. I think I have been mistaken for a homeless person several times, because of my shabby painting clothes, and backpack. One person even offered me food!
Seriously, paint out in the open, close to where you car is, and keep your cell phone on. I usually paint with earphones in, listening to music, to dissuade people from interrupting me. But if I am in an unfamiliar area, I do not use them, so that I am totally aware of sounds, activites, and who is around me. Most people, old or young, black or white, rich or poor, are just curious as to what we are doing. Most are friendly and interested. Be cordial, but not overly friendly. Trust your instincts. Once I went painting to a favorite beach in Florida, one that I had painted on almost every day. For some reason, this one morning all of my instincts told me 'do not go in there.' As I continued to walk toward my spot, that inner voice warned again 'do not go in there.' I turned around and went the other way, painting in a more open area. I will never know what, if anything, was there, but I do not regret listening to my intuition. -Mary Erickson

Hi Verna. I live in Kill Devil Hills, and if you're ever out this way you can join me. I go out to paint alone all the time and have no problems. But since we've been asked to stay home, I find I'm noticing lots of interesting things to paint in the yard. I also have added a painting platform to the southwest corner of my deck for painting clouds and the moon.

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