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.
Rockville Bridge with Train
oil on canvas board
9 x 12 inches
I'm happy to have finished this painting last week during the paint-out at Ft. Hunter Mansion. I had started it last year down by the boat launch and just had some work to do on the water and bridge. Thankfully I remembered the day from last year, because the weather was completely different. It was a bright, sunny day with the bridge backlit the day I initially painted, but last week was overcast with even light. The water was moving and shimmery both days so that worked out. It was nice that I had it finished by the time the youth came for their painting demonstration.