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.
CREPE MYRTLE BY THE SEVERN, 16x12, oil, by Sharon Benner
I painted this looking up the shore line along the Severn River. The day was mostly overcast with mild temperatures. I really enjoyed standing alongside the river and listening to the waves lap at the shore. I used my pallet knife to create the rich colors with a heavy impasto effect. See more at www.sharonbenner.com