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Plein Air – Blackhawk

August 26, 2011

Plein Air Agust 11 #1, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air August 11 #2, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air August 11 #3, Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

Traveled down to Blackhawk to paint. I have passed this picnic area dozens of times and always felt that it possibilities. Today I stopped.

As I started the first painting, I realized that the shadows were changing quickly. I painted accordingly. Finished #1 in just over twenty minutes.

Set my sights closer to the edge of the woods to the south to get a shot of the picnic shelter. I worked this one a little longer #2. I think that this shelter could also work in a long format. I aim to get back soon.

I still had about an hour before lunch and decided to try to get another work done. I moved across the road from my car to get a better angle of the trees and shadows. Having learned a lesson from the first work, I locked in the shadows and light spots right away. While I was busy in front of my easel with a hand full of brushes and paint flying, a car rolled up in front of me. The driver, an older man, bellowed, “Hey…Oh, I thought you were a photographer.” Wow, you can’t get anything past some people. A paint box on a tripod looks like a camera. Geez. Painting #3.

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