Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Red Clay Council House study by BJ Wright

11" x 14" oil on stretched canvas - painted en plein air -
This is a study of the Cherokee council house located at Red Clay Park in Cleveland, TN. The day was overcast with very brief moments of sun. The colors appeared to be muted and all the greens seemed to run together. I painted what I saw, but from the start I could see that the lighting left a lot to be desired. I do intent to return later, possibly taking this study. I was intrigued by the large tree on the left which appears to be pointing towards the council house. There is an annual powwow held at the park on the first weekend in August - this year being on the 4th and 5th. Everyone is welcome.
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Lori said...

Nice composition BJ! I like it, it looks like a cool spot.

bj said...

Yes it is. It's cool (temperature wise) in July, but it's also cool (wow factor) when the Cherokee powwow is happening. Lots of Native American fancy dancers in their regalia make wonderful subject matter for photography or painting. I'm working on getting permission to set up my easel during the powwow.

wanda knight said...

I like the painting. I hope you get permission to set up your easel at the powwow. Looking forward to seeing the paintings.