extreme plein air

Apparently it’s a thing now. Some guy became an instant success by filming his exploits with a paint box and a helicopter… wonder who funded that? I could use a sponsor like that. Hell, I’ve been doing it for years only I referred to it as “Not being completely aware of your surroundings” painting. You know how it is with the right brainers, creative first then logic later. It looked like a pier to me at the time, big black metallic floaty thing…. got a great view of the port for a little while. And where’s the Port Authorities when you need them? Lost my paint box on that one. BTW, I would like to give a shout out to the Coast Guard, really nice folks. Who says they don’t come in handy?


Then there was the trip to Pamplona. How could I know? I don’t watch ESPN. Seemed like a perfectly good alley to me, kinda quiet with a bunch of amped up guys in white. I thought they were going to work at the hospital, rush hour in Spain. Sure there were signs, but what the hell does “encerrar” mean? Want me to understand? Write it in english… morons.

This one was more of a dare. Life lesson: Never take a challenge from an angry glacierologist, especially after making negative comments about his wife. I did, however, get two Guinness world records out of this, one for filling of the shorts and the other for shrinkage, both in the extreme units of measure categories. That was some cold water. Note to self: dress for the occasion.

Not sure how to explain this one. I vaguely remember it involved an all night surf rave and some roofies and a jet ski. All I know is I was sore as all get out the next day. I was totally bummed that I snaked the dude on my left (your right) he got some heavy gnarl. My bad, yo. Mea Malum.

This was awkward. Thankfully the camera guy thought it would be good cover to dress up as a gazelle, may he rest in peace.

Sometimes we just want a better vantage point. There was this red truck with a ladder going up the back. Nobody was using it at the time. Got a good start, probably one of my best but lost it in the fire. Just my luck.


23 Responses

  1. Randy Pitts says:

    I bet that dude at Maverick’s was a little pissed you dropped in on him. But what the heck, I bet it made for a great action piece in your painting, right!?

    Funny Stuff!! Always enjoy reading your blog.

  2. Dave Casey says:

    Looks like you need a reality TV show about your exploits. 🙂

  3. Not only do you paint really well, but you are extremely entertaining! Who would have thought about painting at these places. Nothing stops you! Paint on!

  4. Larry – this is a hoot! You made my day.

  5. Matthew Cornell says:

    These are hilarious, but, unfortunately, Larry runs indoors at the first sight of a mosquito.

    • larrymoore says:

      That is so not true, one time I was painting in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park down the way from Nimibia and a swarm of very large mosquitos, like giant black swans, circled me…. I have a photo here somewhere.

  6. georgia says:

    Larry you crack me up! Paint on thrill seeker! : D

  7. Thanks for the great laugh! Your commentary on the glacier had me in stitches, I nearly pee’d my pants! Could you have perhaps been a comedian in a prior life? LOL Hope to see you at the Plein Air Convention cuz you should be onstage with this stuff!

  8. Cori Garrett says:

    You Sir, are a crazyman. Hysterical! How about one with that gnome guy? Didn’t you have him in a workshop? LOL

  9. Susan says:


    Thought of you when I saw this commercial–though it is a very pale comparison to your photos shown above. Does this mean extreme plein air is on its way out now that it’s gone mainstream in a Subaru commercial? Noooooooo! I’d hoped to see you do more photos like these sometime in the future.

  10. Susan says:

    Wait–the masterpiece wall part of the commercial did not remind me of you…
    Just realized I should clarify that.

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  12. Kelley says:

    Larry, this explains a lot. Paint on dude. Any particular requests for your memorial service?

  13. Karen Weihs says:

    I really enjoyed this. You are refreshing. I have photos of me and my easel in the CO river when a rogue wind shift lifted us up and over. I think this title and talk at Cashiers Plein Air fa sure. I hope you got my schedule mock up. Need things tightened up by Jan. Love the blog!

  14. Jennifer says:

    Larry, If your painting skills match your wit and sense of humor, you will probably never be a stand-up comedian, but a universally renown Master Painter…. 🙂

  15. Andy Dolphin says:

    Hi Larry. I know this post is approaching old age, but I’d really like to see the paintings you produced from these extreme locations. Otherwise it looks like you might not really have been painting – just posing for photos.

    • larrymoore says:

      Thanks Andy for asking. I sold them all to the Shah of Iran back in the day… I’ll check with him and see if he can shoot me some pics. We haven’t talked in forever.

      • Andy Dolphin says:

        No worries Larry, I’ll just take your word for it. You seem like a straight-up sort of guy.

        Loving the blog by the way. So few artists mention the “dark side” of this painting gig, leaving the impression plein air painting is all rainbows and butterflies.

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