|Early Fall in Tully, pastel on board by Adriana Meiss|
Nothing beats a beautiful day and a great location to put an artist in the mood to paint.
This scene is from late October at the Grey Barn Farm in Tully, where our plein air group had painted just a month earlier.
The weather and the light were great but the variable clouds almost got me into trouble. I would start painting the orange afternoon glow in the distant hill only to see it disappear and then reappear somewhere else. After a few minutes I realized that I could end up chasing the light so, I took the time to look at the whole scene in an objective way and figured out the options I had. I settled for what you see here. Painting outdoors puts a lot of pressure on you only because one wants to end the session with a finished work, and that is rarely the norm. Back at the studio I had more time to study this piece and fix some problem areas.