Monday, 13 June 2011

Plein Air Event
Original Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

DAY FOUR - JUNE 13, 2011
Gettysburg Fringe Festival Plein Air Event

Today I had planned to paint at the Peach Orchard. On
my way I passed a field that overlooks the back side
of the Slyder Farm and since it looked so gorgeous bathed
in the morning light, I decided to stop right there.  This is a
field on the Gettysburg Battlefield that I have painted before
(my painting "Hallowed Fields"), and have plans to paint again.
The whole battlefield is a very sacred place, but this location
is one that draws me every time for its solemn beauty. It is difficult
to reconcile the horrible loss of life that took place here with
the peaceful scenery that exists today.

I was alone (except for a few tourists), and the morning was
one of such clear, cool light - let's just say that I was in my
space of complete happiness...

Oil  12 x 16

I started and finished this painting entirely in the field today.
I will put it aside for few days and look at it with fresh eyes to
see if anything needs to be tweaked, but for now I am really
happy with the day's work.  The little buildings in the background
are the house and barn of the Slyder Farm.

My Set-Up  and the limited palette I was working with.

This is a portion of one of the two permanent placards that
are located at the site.

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Claire Beadon Carnell
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1 comment:

madelinecreilly said...

Claire, Your painting is beautiful I can see clearly you were moved by the sacred place you were in. What a privilege.I will be there tomorrow for the first time at little Round top and the next day at the Trostle Farm. I am so happy to have this opportunity and I hope I do it justice. madeline reilly