I went back to a favorite spot of mine to try a plein air version of something I’ve painted before from a photo. The earlier painting can be seen here .
6″ x 8″ oil on canvas
I think this is the most successful plein air painting I’ve done so far. I feel like the brushwork is a bit more confident than my previous work. The colors are still unsophisticated and there’s not much of a sense of space but it’s better than I’ve done in the past.
Every time I visit this spot a family of black tail deer appear at some point during my visit. I look forward to seeing them since they’re smaller and more delicate than the more prevalent Mule Deer. This time I almost witnessed their demise as they jumped out in front of a car right at the end of the road in the painting.
Here they are from a previous visit:
I also saw a man, I assume is living in the brush here, arrive by bicycle and head into the overgrowth. I felt a little like an intruder in his space.
I was hoping to paint the power pole with the brambles at the bottom of it again, as I did on my earlier visit, but I was disappointed to find that they had been sprayed with herbicide.