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.
Four of us met last week on a mostly sunny, but oddly cool afternoon for May. It was easy to choose this subject from the many charming locations in my neighbors' yard. It's hard to resist the strong color, value and shape [ man made vs natural] contrasts. We painted for about 3 hours, but I needed to return the next day to finish. No pressure to complete the painting in one sittting when friendly neighbors are so willing to share their beautiful yard.