Sunday, August 10, 2014

Diary of a Plein Air Painter #28

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Nature's Whispers, 7x5in. Oil on linen/panel. Painted En Plein Air in Powell's Pt. Park, Nova Scotia.

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Friday, July 17, 2014
Powell's Pt. Park, Nova Scotia. 

9:45-12:15 p.m.

The park was so gentle when I arrived this morning. Only a whisper of a breeze and beauty all around. My love affair with wild rose bushes continues. Once again I am determined to paint them at the height of their beauty. Their femininity, hue and cheerful nature are always captivating. How could one resist them?

After scouting around the park, I find the perfect spot. Today I am most comfortable as I park myself at a weathered picnic table. I enjoy the novelty of having my belongings easily accessible, as I spread them out around me. 

 My Subject--Love these wild rose bushes!

Once my surface is toned, the dance begins. Only thoughts of paint and brush strokes prevail. It is the sounds of nature and motion of the brush that gently guides one into a meditative state. It is the best medicine for the soul!

Today I played with a variety of grays. Both the colors and light are soft this morning. Mauves and grays stroke limbs and water. I make new color discoveries that would only happen from direct observation of nature. 

While I write my reflection a special visitor arrives. A little squirrel is looking for tidbits of my snack. He is cautiously playful as he scampers around my feet. To his delight, I toss little pieces of cookie and bread sticks. Suddenly he bumps into my bare feet, startling both of us!

As I pack up to leave, butterflies flit in and out of the rose bushes. The light has shifted. New shadows appear. The scene has changed since I first arrived. I leave contented and grateful for my visit today.


P.S. While I fed my little squirrel friend, a blue jay flew in  bedside us. He quickly retreated when he realized I was in close proximity. I was able to grab my camera and take a few shots of him before he continued on. 

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