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October on Clinton

December 3, 2012

October on Clinton; Oil on Canvas 18″ x 24″

Last October, the Eagle’s Nest group sponsored a “paint out” in Grand Detour Illinois. The organizers had hoped to draw more artists than we had. Although it was chilly, the sun made it feel warmer.

I endeavored to get several small “studies” completed. I wanted to capture the feel of the colors this day.It worked. I completed three 6″ x 8″ paintings in the morning and gathered several photographs as well. It was a fun and productive day.

After enjoying the small studies for the past year, I decided to tackle the subject again. I found the reference photographs and strategically placed the study to help. Before tackling a full size canvas, I decided to create a small 9″ x 12″ work to help refresh my memory and ensure that I could capture the essence.

Once completed to my satisfaction, I used the small 9″ x 12″ study as a guide to help me with this larger work. The trees turned out to be a bigger challenge than I expected on this work.

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