Midway – J.L. Clark

August 18, 2013
J.L. Clark; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

J.L. Clark; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

Another day at Midway Village. I decided to paint along Main Street. I was told that the Day Camp was in session. I thought that meant that the children would be playing games in the field to the east of me, well out of range. I was wrong.

I had been at work on my painting for about thirty minutes when the day campers made their way into the village with their adult leader. Fortunately for me, I was stationed close to a large tree (for shade). It was a warm day and the leader decided that this was a good day to have the kids split into teams and play capture the flag in the village.

Kind of fun. The kids ran all over the village. Occasionally  a couple kids would run near me, but not too close. I didn’t feel so isolated. Fun day.

The drawing went in fairly quickly, I tried to lock in the shadows as quickly as possible. All of the details of the architecture and the window reflections took a lot of time. Bigger challenge as handling the greens and ensuring that there were enough value changes to work properly . In reality, the values of the canopy and adjacent bushes were virtually the same. I had to use a little artist prerogative to make it work.

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