Wednesday, March 18, 2009

First plein air painting of 09 and S. Carolina

At last, a beautiful day and no dr. appts to go to with my mom or, daughter Corrie, who is 9 months pregnant . It took me awhile to find everything I needed, some of my outdoor painting stuff was still in boxes in the garage. When I finally got it together I headed out down the road. I wanted to do a quick, simple one to start out with, and knew of this spot from my walks. The blue hills in the background and the metal roof shimmering in the bright sun are what attracted me.
The owner of the land drove up to me in his pick up as I was opening my trunk to get my painting gear . He had an unhappy look on his face, seeing me on the side of the road with my trunk open. I went up to him to introduce myself and as soon as I told him I was an artist, he grinned and slapped me on the shoulder and said "Go ahead, go ahead, you're just takin' pitchers. I thought you were dumping trash!" I then asked if it would be alright if i set up my easel and painted awhile. "Of course!"was his response. I love how friendly these people are around here. So sweet.
I brought two tripods with me, and neither of them worked right. I had to load everything back in the car and run home to try to find the tripod I always use, that was still packed in an undetermined box in the garage. Dave helped lift heavy boxes off the ones I needed to look in and there it was. I threw one of the tripods in the trash as I walked to the car. I drove back to my back to my spot to try it again. It's a small canvas board, just 6x8 inches and the scene was simple, so it didn't take much time. As I was finishing up, Corrie called to invite me to go to Chick-Fil-A with her, Brecken ( my 4 year old grandson) and my mom. It sounded so good, I was really hungry, so I tossed everything in the car and was home in time to go with them. A good day, I would say.

Simpsonville, SC countryside, late March
8"x6" on canvas board
$95 unframed, $150 framed plus $10 shipping.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Snowstorm in Greenville,SC

We're having a beautiful snowstorm in SC. No wind, so the huge snowflakes are coming straight down and sticking on everything. I went out in my backyard in the dark and I took these photos using the night landscape feature on my camera and used the fill light to lighten them up on picasa 3. I like the way they came out.

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