Sunday, September 27, 2009

The View from Barker Rd, Otisco, plein air, 13" x 19"

Few places have inspired me so much like the area of Otisco, on Rt 80. So far I have been there only in the summer and early fall, but what has struck me the most is that everywhere one looks there is a scene worth painting.

This painting means a lot to me. It was the first time I tried a larger format and the first time I went painting alone after two plein air sessions with a friend in that same area. Sure, it's more fun when one could paint with others who could give you good feedback on the spot, but as often happens, weather or other events can wreck your plans and a good painting day is something that cannot go to waste. Painting in a larger format definitely keeps you from adding too much detail, and somehow having more room to paint gives you a sense of freedom.

This is the view looking south from the middle of a soybean field on Barker Rd. It was painted in the evening, in late August, with minimal work done in the studio. I had a good time because a woman who lived across from where I was came over and spend time talking with me.

8 comments:

Tatiana Myers said...

Beautiful work, Adrianna!

Irene Mena said...

Gotta love the countryside. This is beautiful!

Donna T said...

I just love your plein air work Adriana - this is so beautiful! I wish I had the nerve to paint alone.

Elaine said...

Beautiful painting Adriana. It does look like a very beautiful part of the world.

Adriana Meiss said...

Thank you all for your comments!

Donna, My courage to paint all by myself depends on the place. I felt safe where I was, as there were houses nearby. Even so, I always work next to my car, make sure my cell is working, and keep a can of fixative handy 8^)

Paolo Strano said...

Beatiful work. Real and magic.

Cre8tivCoreen said...

Hi Adrianna! This is sooo amazingly beautiful! Can you believe it, I grew up on Case Road, right around the corner from this vista! As a young girl I walked, rode my horse, biked, & drove my parents' old car over the rolly-coaster on Barker Road many times! =) I've actually painted here, too! I miss Otisco so much! It is such gorgeous country! We always called it God's Country! <3 (We were just a little bit prejudiced). How wonderful to see your fabulous pastels of this area! I'm getting kinda misty eyed! <3 My parents had a 20 acre farm on Case Rd...where we raised mostly sheep, but we also had horses, cows, pigs, ducks, chickens, etc, etc....What great memories this brings back to me! <3

Adriana Meiss said...

Corinne, I'm so glad my painting bring back such happy memories to you! I'm sorry I did not see your comment until today.