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Plein Air Pumpkins

5 x 5 inches, Oil on Gessoboard  Sold, Thank you

I'm brushing up on my plein air skills to get ready for the annual Seneca Lake Plein Air Festival.  The artists arrive at headquarters, which is The Smith Center for the Arts, on Wednesday, September 30.  We paint outdoors on Thursday and Friday.  On Saturday evening is a gala show and sale.   I'm a charter artist and I love this event.  A link for complete details is Smith Arts

In the western part of NY, the weather has been heavenly.  The sun is casting wonderful shadows and the sky is a beautiful shade of blue with clouds that tempt me to just paint them.  In spite of the perfect painting environment, I still had trouble finding a subject to paint.  Mostly due to dangerous parking on the side of busy roads.

Below is were I finally decided to paint:

Not the best picture, but you get the idea.  Next is how I started:

And like always, I didn't snap photos during the rest of the painting process.  It's hard to pull out the camera, when you're supposed to be painting what you see.  All in all, I consider this a success because it is difficult to paint outdoors.  I think the sharp sunshine helped.


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