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 had to make a steep walk down the hill with all my heavy gear to sit and paint this scene recently. I was able to lay in the first washes of color while on location and today, I put the details in from the photograph. We probably would have stayed longer but the bugs were getting so bad we had to leave. Next time, I'll lighten my load and take the bare minimum to work with.