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.
What a challenging subject for our plein air session this morning. The fog was pretty thick and stayed dense for the remainder of our morning. The trees were very thin and very tall. They had the inspiring and uplifting feel of columns in a Gothic cathedral. I was wishing I had a long narrow canvas to create the full effect of the branches reaching high into the sky. Creating the distance was relatively easy. The fog kept everything muted and there were no great color contrasts to distract or confuse the eye . We had a nice lunch on the river in Wrightsville. The restaurant was situated next to a very, very old iron works factory. It was another fun day.