Plein Air – Blackhawk Woods

September 23, 2010

Blackhawk Bridge, Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

I took Clawed Monet with me to spend the morning painting at a park a few miles south of Rockford. I remembered the camera this time. I decided to capture a view of the Blackhawk Road bridge as it crosses the Kishwaukee River.

Although I was set up in a very visible spot, few people were in the park. Most of the visitors parked their cars and took off in the other direction from me, up a recreation path which follows the river. I felt as though I was wearing an invisibility cloak. I was all alone painting and no one seemed to know that I was there.

About two hours into painting, I heard a voice. A fellow I know from church was on his lunch hour and decided to take a drive and enjoy the sights before all the leaves turn colors and fall. He stopped to chat. While we talked, I kept painting (the sunlight waits for no man…or artist). At one point, I made the mistake of stepping back to check my work. My friend took this move as an invitation to step directly in front of my painting so that he could get a better look at the work in progress. Blocked my view. Now, trying not to seem rude, I needed to move, shift, or adjust in such a manner that would allow me to regain my focus and allow me to analyze my next steps for this painting.

After a few moments, he moved and I was able to reset myself in front of my painting. We chatted for a few more minutes before he decided that he needed to get back to work. I continued with my work. I completed the painting and headed back to the studio to clean up, have lunch and finish some preparations for the start of my Level 3 watercolor class. Clawed slept.

Blackhawk Bridge Site

Blackhawk Bridge after block in

Blackhawk Bridge, Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

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