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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Afternoon Shadows, or a little plein air magic...
This painting is a good example of how plein air magic happens. February 15th was a sunny, cold day, my wife and I had learned just the day before that we were expecting our first child, and while she went for a walk on a trail with her best friend, I went to this spot to paint. Even though the afternoon was very cold, I set out on this painting as a meditation, and the wonder and happiness I was feeling made it a lot warmer than the scene actually was.
At the end of an hour and a half I spent on site, the shadows of the trees had reached me and I was shivering, with my hands so cold I had difficulty releasing the bulldog clips from my board. I ended up capturing more of an inner image than the landscape before me, including my depiction of my wife Christina and her friend Sarah, walking shoulder to shoulder, speaking of motherhood and good things to come...
To illustrate the difference, I'm also including here the photo I took onsite with my cell phone.
The opening reception for the International Watermedia XVI show is at 6pm this Saturday, at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 North Santa Fe Avenue, Pueblo; and the exhibit lasts until October 17th.