Thursday, July 29, 2010

Magnolias at Fire's Creek in North Carolina

My wife is a quilter and loves her class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. She's made a good number of friends among the other students. I only have one person from a previous class that knows me -- one of the blacksmiths from the class I took two years ago. However, I could not find a class for myself that week (the blacksmithing class offered was too hard for me), but not to worry -- a painter is never lost. During the day I either painted on the campus of JCC or traveled to nearby Fire's Creek to do some plein air painting. Just about five miles from the Georgia border along a winding road through the woods, Fire's Creek is great for kids to do some tubing in the creek or fly fishermen to catch fish -- and me -- to do some painting. This painting is an 8" X 10" oil which just worked out well from the get go. I had a couple people walk by and look while I painted. I set up inches from the creek across from this scene. With a little preliminary wash and a few well drawn lines I was in this world for the next 90 minutes. I'm not sure what I will do with this one yet. For now I have three works at The Next Picture Show Gallery in Dixon, Illinois at the annual "Farms & Barns" show. UPDATE: I've now "finished" the painting from the last posting. I am giving it the stare -- to see whether or not I am pleased with it. If I am I will post the finished version.