Here are some highlights of the week along with today's painting.....
These are two of the paintings I did in Jim's workshop on Thursday & Friday... Special thanks to artist Marsha Savage for letting us paint at her wonderful place on the Oconee River on Saturday.
Saturday & Sunday, we were on our own to paint and I got to paint at the beautiful Noontootla Farms (which is where today's painting comes from). But a funny story first. There are always challenges when you are outside painting. Sometimes it's the weather, sometimes it's what you forgot to bring, people talking to you, all kinds of different things. This trip it was the gnats. I cannot even describe to you how unbelievable the swarms of gnats were on Saturday. The biting kind. One of my paintings was covered in hundreds of gnats in about a 60 second period. Guess what happens when a gnat lands on oil paint? Yep, he sticks. Here is about a two inch section of a painting:
fields of goldenrod
10" x 8" oil on panel - plein air study
The painting below (and another one that I forgot to photograph) is hanging at the Blue Ridge Arts Association in their Plein Air Exhibition until the middle of October. Thanks to my wonderful friend and artist Connie Gaertner for hosting us at her gorgeous mountain house all weekend.
"foggy mountain morning"