Posts Tagged ‘picnic grove’


Plein Air May 24

June 8, 2012

Plein Air May 24 – Pierce Lake; Oil on Canvas Panel 11″ x 14″

I came upon this area about a week before but before I could set up my gear, people started to arrive in the area for a picnic. A lot of people arrived. It appeared that it was some kind of a field trip before the end of the school year. This would not make for good working conditions so I moved on to another, more remote area of the park (the kids still found me).

So I ventured out to this spot a few days later and was happy to work undisturbed except for the few hikers that ventured near and in a few cases, out of there way, to take a peak at what I was up to.  As I was finishing, I noticed some vans pulling into the area. Another picnic group. This was a group of senior citizens. Not quite as energetic and wild though I got out before I could have my assumptions tested.


Plein Air – Blackhawk

August 26, 2011

Plein Air Agust 11 #1, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air August 11 #2, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air August 11 #3, Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

Traveled down to Blackhawk to paint. I have passed this picnic area dozens of times and always felt that it possibilities. Today I stopped.

As I started the first painting, I realized that the shadows were changing quickly. I painted accordingly. Finished #1 in just over twenty minutes.

Set my sights closer to the edge of the woods to the south to get a shot of the picnic shelter. I worked this one a little longer #2. I think that this shelter could also work in a long format. I aim to get back soon.

I still had about an hour before lunch and decided to try to get another work done. I moved across the road from my car to get a better angle of the trees and shadows. Having learned a lesson from the first work, I locked in the shadows and light spots right away. While I was busy in front of my easel with a hand full of brushes and paint flying, a car rolled up in front of me. The driver, an older man, bellowed, “Hey…Oh, I thought you were a photographer.” Wow, you can’t get anything past some people. A paint box on a tripod looks like a camera. Geez. Painting #3.