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Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Snow, New Year!

The recent blast of snow created a childlike excitement for me with thoughts of heading outside to paint. 
The white blanket covered all the mud and muted browns to unveil all new painting possibilities.  My first winter paint out was back in late November (2015) at my friend Wendie's house, following a plein air event planning meeting.  It's true....what do plein air painters do after they sit inside and plan an event?  They get out to paint in it.  That was a fun afternoon with the sun providing rich light and shadow along the creek.
"A Spark of Sun" oil, 8 x 10
We headed back to Creekside Valley Farm after the most recent snow to paint early one morning.  The snow lingered most of the morning and when that happens, it creates a texture in the paint that makes it very difficult.  The paint turns to a sandpaper like quality.  But I was happy to quickly captures these pygmy goats on canvas.
Pygmy Goats

Almost finished, 6 x 8
The next day we ventured to another beautiful farm just up the road.  The atmosphere was stunning.  Heading back today for another shot in the sunshine. 
Work in progress
Hope you have a healthy, happy and creative New Year!!!  See you in the SNOW.

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