It was another stellar day in Western North Carolina and the leaves are spectacular in the mountains, with many more days to come. We took the opportunity to tour Apple Hill Orchard, and of course I brought my kit.
This is the first time I’ve tried an expansive view of something, and I learned so much with this one painting:
* It’s fairly impossible to capture the beauty unless you are a very, very good artist. I should have tried more impressions instead of putting in every little vignette.
* Trees are not necessarily anatomically interesting. On the contrary, I might have adjusted the limbs to make them less symmetrical. They look too stiff, when in fact they were soft and flowing in the gentle breeze.
* I found that people who walk by, and there were plenty enjoying the day with their children and dogs, will be interested in what you’re painting. I’m such a novice, I don’t mind the interruption, but considering the wine I was drinking, it was hard to concentrate. My best work seems to be the ones I sketch the quickest.
* Always bring along a husband. He’ll carry all your stuff, buy you a nice lunch, do all the driving, and sit quietly while you paint. Combined with everything else, except for, in this case, the final painting, it makes for a perfect day.
I’m off to my seminar and will be back in a week. Wish me luck!!!!!