Sunday, April 15, 2012

Orchard Gate, en plein air, 11x8"


 My second outdoors painting of the year, the gate to our orchard. Last year I had attempted to paint this same view only on the other side of the gate, and my aim had been the blooming peach tree behind the leafing apple ones. However, I had started by painting the old house in the background first and got so carried away that I ended up giving it so much detail. By the time I added the peach tree I couldn't pull it off. Angry at myself because this wasn't the first time it had happened, I took a brush to remove all the pastel I could and washed the board. 

For this one it was the light on the tower-like structure and the adjacent building that called my attention.  It was painted in early afternoon but went through some tweaking in the studio.

 Some good news: I have been accepted into the Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition in Canandaigua (June 8-10) so I'm very excited about it and a little bit scared too since this will be my first plein air competition. One more reason to get out there and paint!

5 comments:

hmuxo said...

This Orchard Gate is painted beautifully with wonderful details. the light hitting the peach trees and bushes are perfect..but best of all Congratulations on being accepted into the Finger Lakes plein aire competition..Adriana, I've been following you for a very long time and it seems you get better with every painting you do.!!!

Adriana Meiss said...

Hilda, You have no idea what your words mean to me! Thank you so much!

Donna T said...

Nice painting, Adriana! Just enough details. Congratulations on the plein air event. I wish I had heard about it.

Adriana Meiss said...

Donna, Thank you!

Rik no Orkut said...

Bom!