Saturday evening I was cleaning up from dinner and watching the sky change from the kitchen window. I immediately decided I had to go paint (dishes can always wait!) and dashed down the road where I remembered seeing the farmer's round bales being harvested earlier in the day. It was just after 8:15 pm and I knew I had to work fast.
From the back of my car, I dashed out a sketch and began to paint. Josh, our hay farmer pulled by in the big tractor to wave hello. We were both chasing the light – he had a partial field left to do and I had a painting to make!
It was a fast and furious dash – paint, brushes and water all coming together. The sky was incredible and the light changing so fast. I found myself totally immersed and just telling myself to press on and paint fast. No time to over to analyze or scrutinize.
As the sun disappeared behind the distant hills I stopped and watched a deer and her young ones venture out from the woods to find a little nibble. I saw Josh in the distance, returning to his barn.
And I packed up to head home... dishes were waiting.
What a gorgeous setting and wonderful opportunity to paint with other local plein air painters. ByOak Farm offers endless subject matter and lovely vistas to paint. The morning sun illuminating these weathered white barn boards caught my eye. I loved the shadows and intrigue of multiple doors and windows. The small chicken coop to the right and the meandering fence lines added to the scene. It was a great morning to be out painting!
I grew up along the Delaware River in Bucks County, PA. My earliest memories are of drawing outside with my sketchbook and it evolved into plein air painting with watercolors. I love capturing scenes that inspire me - many I find along my everyday travels in and around Bucks County.