This plein air was a farewell to the flowers for another year as they come to an end. I have been thinking of Cezanne who was a dedicated outdoor painter all of his life and he is quoted as saying that Art is a harmony that runs parallel to nature. What an inspiration.
This was a beautiful clear fall day and we spent the morning wondering in the horse barns and through the field as the draft horses were prepared for show. A few older guys did the same observing and offering a little conversation and obviously had years of experience in their day. I love how these huge impressive horses are often handled expertly by the knowing hands of women. When the morning light is added to the mix it can inspire a painting.
I cant resist the blossoms in spring after a long winter, these are from a tree in our yard and I was challenged to find such an interesting colour, not pink but with some orange and peach ... apricot.
This little 9.5 x 9 inch painting was one of those end of the day paintings when I get a small canvas to experiment with new colour or other ways of applying paint. I was happy with the results and this one became the start of a new series. Available $650
The shoreline at Springwater is so rich with colour and the beauty of these fallen trees and stumps. This is one of the several 14 x 7 inch paintings that I have painted from the Kayak this Fall. These small paintings are sometimes used back in the studio as references for painting larger versions but I also like the energy in the small ones that comes from painting outdoors.
This fall I have been painting at Springwater and this one is for sale at the Muse show. It is 14 x 7 inches and framed. On Saturday Nov 12th I will be at the Museum for an open house from 11 till 4. I have 11 paintings in the shop and will bring some more of my fall paintings for Saturday.
As the sun comes up I like to drive by my Amish farmer neighbours and I am always rewarded with scenes that inspire paintings. This is a favorite spot where there are always geese of various kinds. Here I loved the sun and shadow effect as the birds moved in and out of the rising sun, the colours were fantastic. I chose coeruleum blue and magenta from the paint box which are two newer colours for me to try and achieve what I was after. This painting is for sale now at the Museum Londons gift shop until the end of December and prints are always available as well for many of my paintings.