Plein Air – Rock Cut

October 6, 2010

Last of September, Oil on Canvas 18" x 24"

Clawed and I went to Rock Cut to paint. I decided to work an 18″ x 24″ canvas. I have a frame available and, if I can get a good  painting, I will bring and hang a really fresh new painting at Art Scene.

I had an idea of what I wanted to find for a subject (not a good idea). Couldn’t find what I wanted to find (not necessarily bad).  I went back to a spot that caught my eye while I was searching for that which I did not find…or something like that. Parked the car. Clawed and I walked down to the lakeside to get a better look. Enroute to the waters edge, we disturbed some wild turkeys. Clawed enjoyed that. This site will work fine. I know that the site might give me some sun issues, but I felt that I could stay within the shade of a nearby oak tree.  Back up the hill to retrieve the equipment. Two trips down the hill and back up to the car to get all our gear. Now, how much more time will it take me to work this larger canvas?

While I painted, some fishermen worked the shoreline from their boat. No other disturbances. A couple hours into painting, a duck landed in the water nearby. Clawed took notice and watched as the duck made it’s way over to a nearby log, got onto the log and nestled in to take a nap. Clawed thought that looked like a good idea.

Despite my hopes, about two thirds of the way through the painting, I began a process of moving my easel every few minutes, in an attempt to stay within the shade.

The painting went well (despite getting paint on my pants) and didn’t take me much more time than the 16″ x 20″ canvases have been taking. A good day. Now back home to finish preparing lessons for my watercolor class.

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