Plein Air October 11

October 26, 2011

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

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

The Eagles Nest group decided to go back to Grand Detour for another session before the October 15 OPA Paint Out. I arrived early, a rarity, and found a spot just off of the parking lot, looking north from the John Deere homestead. Great range of colors and great light. The toughest part of the painting was to stick with the original light and shadows. As the sunlight shifted through the scene, different trees and colors caught my eye (no, it didn’t hurt). I could have stayed at that spot and painted another version of the same design based upon different light/shadow patterns but I decided to move on. Maybe I will use this spot again at Saturday’s paint out.

I walked west from the homestead. About a half a block past, I turned around and liked the view of these trees which set on the north side of the settlement. I didn’t like the looks of the design with the road, so I took it out. Same for the administration house which would invade the right side of this design. Out. In some respects a boring picture, but it was fun to paint. Loved the colors and I finished in time to join the others for lunch. So many possible scenes around this village and so little time. The colors change quickly.

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