Plein Air – Blackhawk

November 19, 2010

November 8, 2010, Oil on Canvas 12" x 16"

Another promising November morn. Temperatures in the upper 30’s at 7:00am but into the 50″s by noon. Clawed and I ventured over the Blackhawk Springs. A couple spots which I anticipated would be good for painting, did not excite me. We ventured deep into the park and found opportunity at the entrance to one of the hiking paths. I loved the play of the sunlight through what remains of leaves in the woods. We set up, gave Clawed a treat and quickly set to painting.

About forty minutes into painting, I realized that a county facility which sets adjacent to the park was burning something, I assume leaves or fallen branches. The smoke was drifting through my scene and created an interesting effect. I held firm to my initial vision and my instincts served me well. The smoke effect lasted for only a few minutes as the wind shifted.

As the morning warmed up, I had to take a couple breaks to stop and strip off a layer of clothing. Nice problem to have.

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