Mary Good has many artistic talents. One of which is the gardens she nurtures around her home. The Clematis was in full bloom on the day we painted in her yard. The rain threatened, distant thunder rolled as we worked. I would have liked to play in the paint on location longer, but sometimes the weather determines how long we work. I held out until my pochade box filled with water and I was rather damp. Then I folded up shop.
We discovered a friendly Amish family, who gave us permission to paint on their property. All their clothes are in shades of blue. The warm sun lit up their house and the line of clothes. The wind was whipping the line hither and yon as we tried to focus on the shapes. Anna told us that she and her mother made the quilt in a geometric pattern called flowers.
Yesterday the Eastern Ohio Plein Air Club painted at my lifelong friend Judy's farm. The view & gardens are spectacular. I had to paint the 200 year old tree. The purple lupine and yellow iris gave intense color contrast to enhance arial perspective of the distant hills. I did not crop the section of pallet. Just thought it might interest others.
Scheduled an Ohio Plein Air paint-out at the Akron Metro park, Springfield Bog, with the enormous help of friends Laura Dressler and Susan Birgeles. The meet up was a huge success. This painting and "Prairie Rain" were accepted into the Springfield Museum OPAS show "Prairie Paintings, A Year in the Life"
When painting en plein air I’m drawn into a deeper sense of the beauty of the landscape. Capturing in paint some essence of God’s handiwork is an intriguing thrill. Shapes and colors change constantly via the elements, like a kaleidoscope turning as it is held up to the light. Sunlight and shadow, the movement of a breeze, makes painting en plein air so much more stimulating than painting from a photo.
I work to capture that flash of wonder the light reveals to me. Spontaneity contributes to the energy that comes through in my painting. My painting is a celebration of light and color. Light is a metaphor of Christ the creator. Light reveals color, exposing immediate substance. It reveals depth and detail. Light communicates relationships, revealing nuances that continuously change, yet have a timeless source. My Paintings are for sale in the sales gallery of Butler Institute of American Art & The Hoyt Art Center Gift Shop & on Etsy as "Pleinairimpressions". It is my privilege to be a participant in various juried artist shows, Denver Plein Air in Colorado, Ohio Plein Air Society, Butler Museum of American Art, & The Hoyt in New Castle, PA.