Friday, August 29, 2008

Early Summer Hay by BJ Wright

8" x 10" oil on RayMar panel painted en plein air, alla prima, on June 25th (completed at 9:30am) - $85 including shipping - contact me at for purchase.
The hayfields in Tunnel Hill have offered an endless source of painting ideas this early Summer. Every time I visit the property, I'm struck with a sense of quiet and peaceful existence. The shadows are always deep with purples playing against the yellow/orange of the hay. It's a wonderful palette to behold.
Next weekend (September 6th and 7th) the property will be the site of the annual "Battle of Tunnel Hill" Civil War reenactment. This year our location will also host the "Tunnel Hill Battle" paintout in conjunction with the International Plein Air Painters' "Worldwide Paintout".
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Summer Satisfied


This rather large painting 36 x 24 (for a plein air) was done in two sessions with some tweaking in the studio. I wanted to keep the brushstrokes simple. That is a goal I am working toward. I think it's slightly overworked at this point. It's entered in "Echoes of Our Past" at Tunnel Hill. This is "the tree" there that I love to paint. A couple weeks ago there was a wedding under it's boughs. I wish I had been invited and would have painted it in such a wonderful eventful setting. I imagine this as the giving tree. I hope it lives for a long time into the future as it has in the past.
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Painting along the Charles River, Cambridge, MA

August 11 I was attempting to paint in front of Harvard Boat House. (The Weld Boat House). I had wanted to paint the brick building but the light wasn't quite right. Note the green paint on my mouth. A teacher once told me "plein air painters gag on green".
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Chickamauga Battlefield Trail by BJ Wright

10" x 8" oil on linen panel, painted en plein air, alla prima on June 16th (completed around 9:30am) - $85 including shipping - contact me at for purchase. Sandra and I painted in Chickamauga Battlefield Park that cool morning, but the temperature was climbing fast. This trail is used by hikers, bikers and people on horseback as they explore the many acres of this beautiful Northwest Georgia park. The red Georgia clay appeared with lots of pink that morning - so that's how I painted it.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tunnel Hill Battle paintout

"The Art Alliance of North Georgia" is inviting plein air painters to participate in the premier Tunnel Hill Battle Paintout to be held during the annual Battle of Tunnel Hill (GA) Civil War reenactment on September 6th (Saturday) and 7th (Sunday). This is in conjunction with the International Plein Air Painters' World Wide Paintout.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Gerber daisies

Finally got this one finished up and into a frame. These Gerber daisies were a delight to paint and one of the few flowers in my yard that bloomed without me tending to them at all. I was shocked. Maybe I should put some fertilizer on them for being so good.
Framed with gold tone plein air frame

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Cool Green by BJ Wright

8" x 10" oil on RayMar panel, painted en plein air on July 9th & 12th - $85 including shipping - contact me at for purchase -
It's always exciting to start a painting and return to the same site on another day to complete it. Even at the same time of day, there is always a difference in lighting and atmosphere. This was painted on a Wednesday and completed the following Saturday - just a few days apart, but it had rained on Thursday causing the water to take on an olive tone.
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Fort Keys Hay by BJ Wright

8" x 10" oil on RayMar panel, painted en plein air, alla prima on June 24th (completed around 9:45am)...$85 including shipping but NOT including me at for purchase.
The sweet smell of newly cut hay drew me to this spot on the Tunnel Hill battlefield. Cool shadows played on the little gravel road and the mountain cast its shadow on the hayfield.

It won't be too long until the Civil War reenactors set up their tents under the big oak tree here at Fort Keys. Preparations are already being made for the Battle of Tunnel Hill.
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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Unexpected Visitors by BJ Wright

10" x 8" oil on RayMar panel painted en plein air, alla prima, on July 14th ( completed around 11:15) - $85 including shipping (NOT including frame) - contact me at for purchase.
Sandra and I were painting scenes in the East pasture. I was almost finished with the foreground tree when the heron landed on a lower limb and stayed just long enough for me to put him into the painting. Just before I signed my name in the wet paint, a cow wandered through the scene looking for a mid-morning snack. She was soon gone. These unexpected visitors added a bit of whimsey.
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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Rainy Day Cabbage Palms

Its 8 x 10, oil. Plein air painted in the rain in June 2003. I sat outside under the house eave and let the painting get wet as I painted, it was pouring rain. The paint acted sticky and it was an interesting experience. It has suffered no bad effects in the last five years.

It doesn't seem that long ago, seeing the painting brings it all back to me. I had on flip flops and my feet got wet from the rain, it was cold. I was painting very fast.

I have a cold and I am tired so I thought I would post an old painting. Its one I am fond of so its not for sale.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Camerton NC by Shanti Marie


A good day to paint outside, only 96 degrees, and a few skeeters. The South don't you love it? Thanks BJ the WCs are great!