Thursday, June 16, 2011

Coastal Living, plein aire at Harkness Park

8"x8" oil on gessoed masonite art panel

"Let there be spaces in your togetherness
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you."
- Kahlil Gibran

What a perfect day out by Long Island Sound, here in southeastern Connecticut. Nice and warm, no humidity today, just a bit of breeze, no stiff winds, just perfect.

I've been wanting to get out to do some 'tree portraits' of various kinds. There are several groupings out there at Harkness Park that are very old and huge, with interesting shapes massed together. This morning the sun was coming up behind this grouping of trees, so they were backlit. By the time I finished painting the sun was high enough to light bits of the tops of the trees. I also find it interesting while painting in familiar places, the variety of the quality of light...and looking for warm & cool light, and where these planes hit on each object lit by the sun.

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Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

How effective that one strip of high chroma green is Roxanne. It draws the eye again and again. Working plein air doesn't negate an abstract perspective does it.

June 20, 2011 at 1:57 AM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks Sheila! Yes, that was one purpose of that little painting that day- I wanted to do a simple tree study, with back lit shapes, and focus more on the atmospheric color. Sometimes those deceptively simple things can turn into a bigger challenge. But I really found it fascinating....I have a feeling I'll be heading back there soon- there's plenty of tree groupings with interesting backdrops of sea & islands!

June 20, 2011 at 6:19 AM  

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