“The battlefield” is the second plein air painting I started the week of Gettysburg Festival Art Fest as a trial to find a few locations on the battlefield and to get my bearings with the weather. Needless to say the majority of the day was completely overcast.
There were only a few options; pack up and call it a day, complete a few preliminary sketches or give it a go. I’m very glad I stuck with it, because I finally learned to accept the weather and work around the limitations. I was no longer looking for the perfect view, shadows or the picturesque scene. By the time I completed the painting I was enjoying the overcast skies and subtle fog and was even a little bummed when the sun started to come out.
I was also fortunate to meet Carl Whitehill an author for Destination Gettysburg, who took a few photos and did an amazing write up online.
Tuesday was a great day not only for meeting Carl Whitehill and being a part of a great story, but it was also the “ah-ha” moment I was so reluctant to embrace. My wife always told me to go out and paint regardless of the weather (unless it was going to rain). I guess I should listen to my wife more often.
|"The Battlefield" |
10 x 14"