Sunday, June 22, 2014

Gettysburg Festival Plein air

“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"

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Plein Air at Fort Hunter

Fort Hunter Mansion and Park is a great place to paint for various reasons.  I have painted there too many times to remember but I stumbled upon this particular location by dumb luck.  I can’t imagine how many times I have walked by this area without ever noticing it.  Needless to say I’m glad I did!  Although my palette consisted of green, green and more green. 

"Hunter's Maze"
8.5 x 7"
Upcoming Event:

Gettysburg Festival Art Fest

I will be participating in Gettysburg Festival upcoming plein air event from June 11th to June 15th.  There will also be a plein air exhibit at the historic Gettysburg College Norris Wachob Alumni House located on Gettysburg College Campus.  

Click on link below for additional information.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Camp Hill Plein Air 2014

Sorry I haven’t posted in a very long time.  I initially took a break to focus on family and personal matters in my life and needless to say, procrastination set in.  I will do my best to post on a more consistent basis.

Below are my recent paintings from Camp Hill Plein Air event last week.   This was the first time I participated in the event and it was a blast.  The weather was frustrating throughout the week but overall it was a great experience and I hope I can be a part of it again next year.

"Window view" was purchased by the home owner and I was very fortunate to get my photo posted on

"Mount Calvary Episcopal Church"
11 x 14"

"Backyard View"
9 x 12"

"Stall house at Allen Berry"
11 x 14"

"Mechanicsburg Train Museum"
11 x 14"
"Window View"
10 x 11.5"

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