On Black Friday I was able to slip away for a couple of hours and paint this from a view from the park. It was a dreary day, but the green of the grass popped and the drainage ditch in the foreground made and interesting path into the composition.
I set up for this painting in a side path at Fort Harrison. While I was painting, rain was threatening. After I got the first block in of the painting complete, I took a break to look at my weather app on my phone and saw that there was a large storm moving through Indianapolis.
On my return home, I ended up stopping at the same spot along the Illinois and Indiana border. It was ver windy, but warm so I was able to position myself half in and half out of my car and paint. The car sheltered me from the wind and kept my easel from toppling over!
Initially I was interested in the layering of the foreground grass, trees, grass, field and far tree line. I also like the way the dreary colors of the cloudy day are echoed in the bare trees and on the empty field.
I like the way the vista opened up and drew my eyes towards the distance. The trees run contour along the mountains and the subtle shadows of blue on the snow echo in the grayer bluer distant mountains.
What to do when you are in your car and don’t want to disturb someone’s nap? Pull over and paint. Here is a study I did on a beautiful sunny day. I would have liked to be outside when I did it, but there wasn’t any shade nearby and it was a very windy day. So I painted it in the front seat of the car.
Here is a picture inside a car where I was painting one day. I usually like the window open at least part time so that I can see the colors better, but this day the snow was blowing sideways and so it wasn’t possible.
A car pulled in next to me and got stuck. I tried to help him push the car out, but I am small and I don’t think I was much...
I started painting while standing under a covered deck. When the sleet was blown in sideways and started to melt on my palette and canvas I had to move inside and paint from just inside the doorway. The background disappeared as the storm picked up, and I had to work by memory.