Last time I went to Shimek Forest I stopped by the road to take pictures of several yearlings. With this arrangement I challenged myself with the white horse and the black horse. This trio represents a challenge with three values and shadow on the dark and light horses. I think maybe the white horse needs the shadow to be darker.
This was a good morning for painting. The temperature was cool and the sun was out. Yesterday I went down to shores of the Mississippi. Early this spring the water was past flood stage and when the waters receded they left behind dead branches. That is where I ended up painting because of the view of the lotus. I was standing in the mist of dead trees that attracted insects and ultimately leaving behind dead insects. It was smelly and my footing was unstable but it was a great view. One would think the painting would be great. I did not post it as it stunk also. Today the painting was a lot more successful.
6 x 8 oil on canvas
I worked on the painting after I got home. I took some liberties with the actual scene as you can see below. The water was very still but I added the slight waves.
I took this photo for reference. This is a little off to the side of the place where my easel was set up. I may take my plein air painting and the reference shot to create a larger piece. The painting is a better composition for the reflections are leading your eye back down to the rocks.
Painting an over cast day is a challenge. I love the view of the bottom of the lake in the shadow area but could not make it work. This is the best plein air painting opportunity to observe the subtle differences even if I did not capture them today.
The day I took the reference shot for this painting was hot and muggy and the gnats were thick around these horses. The two in back were facing head to tail in order to swish the flys off each other face. The one in front was shaking her head back and forth to fend off the gnats. I felt so bad for the horses, I wish I could have shared my Bug Soother with them.
This is one of many paintings I will be exhibiting at the Sugar Creeks Arts Festival this weekend July 6th and 7th in Bloomington, Illinois. If you attend please stop by my booth and introduce yourself.