Insect experts say it's been the worst spring gnat season in 22 years. Just when the weather is delightful and there's a new season to explore, these pesky bugs make it difficult to work outdoors.
Closer to Lake Michigan we've had fewer problems with gnats compared to what I recently experienced in SW Wisconsin. The Gnat-pocalypse is real!
Recent springtime Plein Air pieces
Started this painting last week near Blanchardville and was immediately divebombed by the gnats. Worked on it for a few hours before my bug spray ran out and I ran out of patience as the gnats won the battle. The painting will be finished in the studio and I will pick all the dead gnats out of my painting and palette. Besides, my models kept "moo-ving" on me anyway.
Until the gnats go away and anticipating a bumper crop of mosquitos this year, I'll bring out my trusted head net and other bug battling gear for the months ahead.
Happy Painting everyone!