Archive for August, 2009

August 7, Miami-Whitewater

August 9, 2009

I headed out to Miami-Whitewater with the intention of painting the summer wildflowers in the meadows at the west entrance, but I was disappointed to find it not much different from the view I painted in June. There were some nice ironweed and black-eyed susan blooming at some places in the meadow, but not in the view I intended to paint. There was a lot of goldenrod  coming up, but it will be a few weeks until it is in full bloom.  Instead, I tried a view of Dry Fork, swollen from rains the day before. Looking downstream, I found a nice view with some good perspective. Late afternoon light was filtered through the trees, throwing shadows across the water.

My easel by Dry Fork

My easel by Dry Fork

"Dry Fork After a Rain"  14 x 11 acrylic on panel

"Dry Fork After a Rain" 14 x 11 acrylic on panel

August 6, Winton Woods

August 9, 2009

Today I decided to reprise a scene from Winton Woods. The last time I painted this creek with a shale exposure, there was ice on the creek and icicles on the cliff. Now the scene is draped in green.  As I worked, a small butterfly (a Hackberry Butterfly, I think) landed on the post of my easel, and sat with me for over an hour while I worked. I guess he was tasting the salt left by sweaty hands.

My easel set up at the creek

My easel set up at the creek

A butterfly kept me company as I worked

A butterfly kept me company as I worked

Summer Creek 11 x 14 acrylic on panel

Summer Creek 11 x 14 acrylic on panel

The same scene painted in February

The same scene painted in February