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Plein Air October 4

October 17, 2011

Plein Air - October 4 #1, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air - October 4 #2, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Knowing that our spectacular autumn colors would be short lived, I planned to get as much plein air time as possible. With watercolor classes in full swing, that meant I had to make a few sacrifices such as getting images photoed and onto this blog. So here goes a few of my recent adventures.

Our Eagles Nest group was meeting in Grand Detour to paint. We wanted to scout out locations for the upcoming Oil Painters of America Paint Out scheduled for October 15. Great colors already. Too many great designs. Two of us set immediately to painting. A couple of the women met with and took a quick tour with the manager at the John Deere homestead. One women did a smart thing and just walked around the homestead grounds and the surrounding community and took loads of reference photographs.

I selected to paint a scene looking at one of the buildings from just off of the homestead grounds. Clawed found a nice pile of leaves and made himself comfortable. I took some liberties with the placement of a window. Initially had some difficulty getting the colors I saw. I worked at it, scraped a bit off, put some more in place and eventually felt content enough to call #1 complete.

I was ready to leave this spot but took a moment to turn around. I liked the view of the trees. Didn’t like the design with part of the house in it. So I removed the house and improvised a little bit. I am an artist. I can do that. And so I did. #2 completed.

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