Saturday, July 9, 2011

Almost plein air

My wife and I decided to spend the afternoon along the Delaware river in Washington Crossing. I brought my paints along to do some painting since we were going to be there for about four hours. While we were eating lunch I was looking around to see what scene would make a good painting. It was overcast already with possible thunderstorms later on. The scene I settled on was a house across the river and its long reflection in the water. I did a verticle pencil sketch to emphasize the long reflection from the house and indictated the value pattern of the scene. I did a quick sketch to see what it looked like horizonally.
I sketched the scene on the canvas and no sooner I started squezzing out the paint when we hear a rumbling in the sky. Maybe eight seconds later a bolt of lightning hit right across the river from us.When I looked up Maria was already packed and on her way.
On the way home the weather improved so we stopped off at a local park to finish the afternoon. Now removed from the scene the painting has to be finished from the pencil sketch and my memory from studying the scene during lunch. I got halfway through the painting when the skies opened up...afternoon over.
When I got home I finished the almost plein air painting!! This is the result.


greggart said...

I've had the same thing happen to me several times. Good story and nice sketch.

Jani Lori said...

It turned out beautiful, well done!