Fairdale to Edson

December 22, 2014
Fairdale to Edson; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 11 x 14

Fairdale to Edson; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 11 x 14

Saturday afternoon. My wife was off getting her hair done. I was all finished with my garden chores. I had a few hours before we were expected at a party and it was a nice, sunny autumn afternoon (not many more of these expected before the snow flies). I was not about to waste anymore time. I grabbed my supplies and took off to paint.

I had a location in mind. Unfortunately, as sometimes happens, I arrived at my destination and was disappointed. The design possibilities just did not jump. I decided to roam the area to see if another sight could grab my attention. Within a couple miles, as I was preparing to turn onto a road, something in the rear view mirror caught my eye. I safely turned the car around and pulled to the shoulder of the road. This was it. Great design possibilities and the anticipated effects of the late afternoon sun could work in my favor.

The spot worked well except for the occasional car passing by me at 55-ish mph. Worked this painting quickly, by my standards, and completed the painting in about two hours. As excited as I was, I wondered how the painting would look when I had some separation and evaluated the work at home. This day worked well. Happy with the results, I had extra fun at the party that night.


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