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1842 National Avenue

November 24, 2014
1842 National Avenue; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 12 x 16

1842 National Avenue; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 12 x 16

During my travel through this neighborhood a couple of days earlier, I spied this beauty. As I arrived this morning, the sun was shining though the weather reports indicated cloudy conditions. They weren’t too far off. About a half hour into this painting, the cloud cover got thick enough that my shadows were gone. The overcast condition allowed me time to get the basic structure of the house and design established. I returned a few days later, when the sun was shining, and was able to invest the time refining the shadows on the porch and establishing the shadows patterns of trees against the house.

While working on this painting, I had the good fortune to meet several people from the neighborhood. Good conversations and safe conditions made for a pleasurable time.

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