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Plein Air – One Before the Storm

November 28, 2010

November 22, 2010, Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"

End of November. A relatively warm day.  Early morning was upper 30’s but heading into the 50’s by early afternoon. Cloudy with a 90% chance of rain by noon. I decided to head out and try to get a small painting in before the rains hit. I headed out to Blackhawk and used a riverside picnic shelter as a base. I figured that if it did start to rain before I finished painting, at least I could keep under the roof and minimize the chance of getting soaking wet.

Quickly set up and started to paint. Tough. The air was warmer than the ground. Upriver a layer of fog hovered over the waters. I had difficulty working it out. I was pleased when conditions changed and the fog dissipated.

While painting I had a few water drops fall from the shelters roof and onto my painting and palette. Not a big problem. Worked this painting quickly and made it back home before noon. The rains did not start up until 2ish. Unfortunately for our area, the abrupt changes in air temperatures associated with the front brought with it a rare November tornado. The tornado touched down about five miles north of us and caused damage over a ten plus mile run. Fortunately, only property damage and minor injuries to a few folks.

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