Friday, October 19, 2007
12" by 9"
Oil on Masonite
Yesterday I was supposed to go to a vinyard near Fredericksburg to paint Plein Air (i.e. outside) with a bunch from the Austin Plein Air group.
Well, the vinyard didn't want us there until ten (that's a good hour later than I like to start when painting outside) and when we got there, there really wasn't all that much that interested me to paint; the grapevines were a good half mile down the road from the buildings, the lavender had all been harvested and all the buildings were modern reproductions of old german limestone buildings. Add to that the limited amount of rapidly moving shade and a rapidly climbing temp and things weren't too rosy.
I had a good look around and decided to go look down the road a bit.
That bit got longer and longer and finally I turned to David (my Dear Husband who likes to accompany me on these little painting excusrions) and said 'hell, let's just go on out to Enchanted Rock.'
He not only agreed, but agreed to buy barbecue in Llano afterward (what a guy!).
So, we drove the additional half hour out to Enchanted Rock, found the absolute best place to set up, a nice big shaded gazebo, with a wonderful cross breeze and a great view of the Rock and spent a very happy two hours there. It was better than painting in a studio. Cool, comfortable, great views in four directions, and a super easy fifty yard pathway from the gazebo to the parking lot to roll a cart full of supplies up. I'm going there again for sure.
I'm not entirely thrilled with the result, but I'm a hell of a lot happier than I would have been settling for a subject I felt nothing about.