The sun moves, shadows change; there is only a short period of time that an artist has to capture the shifts of light and color when painting outdoors - but it is this very desire to distill the energy and freshness of nature that drives the plein air painter. Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters was formed to bring together artists who share this passion.
I traveled up river and to the east shore to join another group of plein air painters in the afternoon.
The scene: Susquehanna River from Fort Hunter looking to Marysville, PA.
Luckily I had big rubber boots because the mud on the bank was at least 2 inches deep, but what a view. Hearing the ice break up and chunks fall into the river felt like I was on a glacier (on a small scale.)