Plein Air – Kishwaukee

October 19, 2010

Kishwaukee Sandbar, Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

This October is being very cooperative for painting. The weather has been relatively warm, dry (i.e. no rain), and the winds have not been too severe. I wanted to be out painting but I wanted to keep it quick. You see, my youngest son was home from college for an extended weekend (fall break). He would be returning to school in the early afternoon. I wanted to get back home in time to have lunch with him before he returned to school.

While I traveled to paint at the Blackhawk preserves, I left Clawed at home to keep my son company. As I arrived at the park, I found three different scenes that were workable. I settled on this scene near a bend in the river. I set up and moved quick to try and capture the colors and shadows as the sun was coming up over the eastern side of the river. While painting, I saw a couple of additional compositions that would work from this same spot. So I got that going for me.

This was one of those days when the brush moved effortlessly and before you know it, the painting was complete. Although a few people drove past and a few others rode bicycles or hiked past, no one bothered me. It was though I was invisible.

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