Sunday, September 25, 2011

"Fall Colors Coming on EBAY

"Fall Colors Coming" 8" x 10" oil/linen

This gem of a plein air piece was produced last fall on a drive along IH35 to Austin. It was one of those paintings that most would pass up and, in fact, I had done just that several times on this trip when I didn't think I really had the time to stop and do a painting. I kept passing these fields with the trees changing colors and the sun lighting up distant patches of mowed fields.

I spotted this field, took the next exit, made the u-turn over the highway and came back to it. Then I sat and watched the light move in and out of shadows and after a few minutes of this I told myself, "Now or never" and the next thing you know I'm slapping paint to canvas as fast as I can to capture the scene before the clouds totally obscure the sun and ruin the light effect. And in a nutshell, that's what plein air painting is all about, capturing little gems in paint and spending an hour or so being thankful that Mother Nature has given you this gift.

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