Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Path in the Woods, Oil, 9x12"
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Monday, July 28, 2008
This little shack is on the Tunnel Hill battlefield property. Every year during the Civil War reenactment "Battle of Tunnel Hill" it serves as battle strategy headquarters. Dates for this years reenactment are September 6th and 7th.
There will also be an art exhibit at the Tunnel Hill Heritage Center beginning August 18th through September 15th.
Be sure to visit my photo blog at http://www.photographicsouth.blogspot.com/ for photos and directions prior to the battle.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Sandra and I spent the morning at Chickamauga Battlefield painting the rolling hills and meadows. Occasionally a hiker or biker would come into view, wave, then disappear around a bend.
The sun was fast rising and so was the temperature, so I painted quickly. A lilac colored haze in the distance reminded me that there was once cannon fire here - but now there is peace.
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Friday, July 25, 2008
The springhouse sits beside the Clisby Austin House in Tunnel Hill, Ga, site of the annual Civil War reenactment. The painting was started on May 6th. I returned to the site on July 14th to finish.
Even though I was standing in the exact same spot on both days, the lighting and atmospheric conditions were different. That's what's so wonderful about painting en plein air. No two days - like snowflakes - are the same. Each is a wonder unto itself.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Facing East as the sun rises across the sky isn't something I usually do while painting en plein air. But this morning the distant hills were shrouded in mist and held the most beautiful purples. The sun was showing a new grass green on the meadow, making the shadows seem even darker. Dead foliage and twigs seemed to accentuate the Summer greens.
6 x 8 inches
Acrylic on canvas panel
Finally getting back to my plein air paintings! I had a lovely morning. The birds were singing and the rays of sun were peeking through the trees. This is part of my husband's garden, the tomatoes and peppers are just off to the left. I added the little blue jay right away, to convey the feeling of the song birds.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This painting was begun at 6:45am as the clouds were streaming overhead making room for the sun. By the time I was finishing, the tree shadows were deepening and there was a glow on all the bales.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
There's a little covered bridge at the edge of the Civil War battlefield in Tunnel Hill. Just to the North is the Western & Atlantic railway which carrys maybe 30 trains a day. Between the little road and the rail bed is a line of trees, casting their shadows throughout the day. Surrounding the bridge is the "North Georgia green green" of trees and the cool blues and violets of shade.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Oil on Board, 8x10"
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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Oil on Canvas, 12x9"
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Maybe the distant hills weren't this particular shade of purple - but in my mind's eye they were. The early mist was clearing from the meadow but still hung on the ridge of hills to the West. The sun was hitting the tops of the waiting hay bales and casting a soft glow as the deep shadows kept their mysteries.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Concentrating on painting a faraway tree with distant mountains had been my focus. But as I began packing away my easel, I spotted this sunny corner on Sandra's deck. Now I'm not a floral painter, but the variety of pinks and corals caught my eye.
Monday, July 14, 2008
The hay is resting, waiting for delivery to the barn. Evening showers have left wonderful dawn cloud formations. Early morning painting is like medicine to the artist's soul.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on canvas board
(canvas mounted on hardboard)
Ready to frame
This is a painting I did on location last July. I have reworked it a little because it had always bothered me. I have toned it down some and added an egret and an alligator. The alligators are often hard to see, so I hid him at the lower right. (Click on the image for zoom)
This painting is at Lake Okeechobee. Our water level is up to an average of ten feet. It has been almost two years now that it has been below this very low average.
There is a teenage boy that was attacked by an alligator here at Nubbin's Slough last month. Why he was in the water swimming at night in this area is beyond me. You can see large alligators that live here at any given time. They wait by the lock where the water flows into the lake, and they feed on anything that comes through.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Oil on Multimedia ArtBoard, 6x12"
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Sunday, July 6, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
This shack sits in the meadow near the Clisby Austin house, on the Tunnel Hill battlefield property. Usually I choose to paint in the morning, but this particular day I met Sandra and we explored the various lighting available in late afternoon. Honestly, the bright green tree in the background was that bright North Georgia 'green green'. The structure is used as headquarters during the annual Civil War reenactment "Battle of Tunnel Hill" which always takes place the weekend after Labor Day.