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Kishwaukee Bends

January 21, 2019

Kishwaukee Bends – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 24″

I received word that one of my small river scenes had sold at one of the gallery’s. They asked if I had other river scenes available. Not having anything which I felt was gallery ready, I headed over to a spot along the Kishwaukee River to create a fresh work. It was a challenging day.

The mosquitoes were menacing this past summer. They started early in the season and maintained a consistent attack all summer long. Doing anything outside often became an aerobics routine of bug swatting.

This morning was damp. I knew the mosquitoes might be bad. Before heading down to the river to scout a scene and make a few sketches, I doused myself with mosquito repellent. As I found a spot and did a few thumbnail drawings, the mosquitoes were finding me. I decided to go for it anyway. Back at the car, I reapplied a lot of repellent. I carried my equipment and ground spray. It’s a natural bug spray used by campers. It usually works well. Today, not so well.

While standing still at my easel painting, the mosquitoes were generally sedate, though at times, for no apparent reason, they would rise to action. Whenever I stepped back to look at my work, it motivated the bugs to attack mode. There was little chance of victory over these voracious critters. I worked swiftly to capture the gist of the scene. At a little under two hours, I decided to get out of there and complete the painting back in the studio.

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