Water, Skies, and Natural Landscapes from Oregon, Washington, and travels.
Friday, October 12, 2012
HEAT AND SHADOWS
Willamette Morning Escape
12 x 9
It is one of the hottest days of the year. My plein air class has dwindled to a couple of die-hards. In the morning, before it gets too hot, I draw them to a spot in George Rogers Park where the big-leaf maples create deep shade, and we begin working. I'm drawn to the light on the river, and the glowing leaves of trees. Back at our cars, it is 95 degrees by noon. Thank goodness for the leaves of trees, keeping us cool.
As a plein air painter, I spend many contented hours sitting in some inspiring spot with the sights and sounds of the outdoors, capturing my impressions of light and color. Back in the studio, these works expand, recreating a particular place in a special moment.
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