Thursday, March 13, 2008

Springtime at the Hill- Jennifer Young

You might be thinking, "That's not much of a hill". But the "Hill" I'm referring to in this painting is the A.P. Hill monument on Hermitage Road in Richmond's North Side neighborhood.

plein air painting by Jennifer Young

"Springtime at the Hill Monument"
8x10", Oil on Canvas

Painted on location yesterday afternoon, I started this at about 2 PM under warm, sunny skies. But it sure got chilly pretty quickly once the clouds started rolling in. I pass by this gentleman every day as I drive to and from home, but I think he's at his most charming in the springtime as he gazes down at the row of flowering trees.

An interesting footnote that I didn't realize, but according to Wikipedia:

"This monument is the only one of its type in Richmond under which the subject individual is actually interred."

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Linda Blondheim said...

I love thi painting, really beautiful.

Jennifer Young said...

Thank you for the supportive comment Linda! I have a tendency to take road trips and head for wide open vistas whenever I paint en plein air. I do love those, but lately I've been wondering if I've too often been avoiding subjects I consider "difficult". So I have been challenging myself to tackle more architectual subjects...and in Richmond there are certainly plenty of those!

Bernie Rosage Jr. said...

Superb Jennifer! I love the leading lines of the lane up to the monument... great comp... great painting!

Jennifer Young said...

Glad to hear you say that Bernie :-) Thanks! I wasn't sure if I'd include the telephone poles and wires but decided to at the last minute. After all it is a part of the urban landscape, and I thought the horizontal aspect might counterbalance all the strong veritcals.