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Plein Air October 9

October 24, 2011

Plein Air - October 9 #1, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air - October 9 #2, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Clawed and I ventured out to Rock Cut again. I stopped at the first picnic grove. It was busy with people. There were cyclists, trail runners and hikers. A set of trees near the parking lot caught my attention. I quickly set up my easel, but just as I was about to start painting, a large pick up truck with cyclists parked blocking my view. Disappointment. Before packing up, I took a look around and found a design that caught my attention. It is a view looking from the parking lot toward Pierce Lake.

As I painted, a few cyclists and runners ventured along the adjoining path towards the trails. They looked at the work in progress, but left me alone. About thirty minutes into the first painting I heard the sound of a family getting out of their car. A few moments later, I had two small boys looking at my work. The older one took a quick look, made a comment and then sped down toward the lake. The younger one took a little more interest and had questions. Questions about the paint, the colors, the brushes. etc. Then he stuttered, searching for the right words to his question. Finally it came out, “Like, do you want to be an artist when you grow up?”

I have heard that growing older is mandatory, but growing up is optional. The young boy and I chatted for a few more minutes until the attraction of the lake outweighed his interest in my painting.

After the first painting was completed, I turned to see a different set of trees near the parking lot which had interesting light patterns. I started to paint. But then Murphy’s Law. About five minutes into the painting, a truck parked blocking part of the scene. Fortunately, it only blocked a small part of the scene. I can work with this. Then, about ten minutes later, a van pulled into the lot and blocked most of the rest of the scene. I had enough of the initial lay in placed and was able to work around the obstacles. Occasionally I had to move a few feet to my left to get a view of the lower half of my scene. But I felt as though it worked out. #2 completed.

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