Lotsa Clouds — Lotsa Wind!

“Lotsa Clouds — Lotsa Wind!” — plein air field study in oil on birch panel 8 x 16″ by Margie Guyot

This is one of my favorite spots: Peebles Road. Much of it is a “seasonal road”, not plowed in winter. It’s one of those “Far from the Madding Crowd” type roads, meandering across fields and through a thick maple forest and apple orchards. Just east of here is Toad Lake, another favorite spot of mine. Out here all you hear is the wind blowing. I love it! In fact, it was so windy, I sat in my truck to paint this view. I propped an old board against the steering wheel and duct-taped a painting panel on. My palette rested on the seat next to me and the turpentine bucket sat on the floor. So far I haven’t had any disasters.

Those trees just ahead are a jumble of wild apples and a few autumn olives. In the distance are pines and maples. One of my hobbies is to stop and sample some of the wild apples that grow everywhere along the roads. Some are surprisingly bug-free and tasty!

Those are Queen Anne’s lace and spotted knapweed flowers along the edge of the road. Further on the clumps of goldenrod are opening. Fall is starting!

Trying to paint a scene with constantly-changing cloud shadows and shapes is indeed challenging! But after weeks of hot, dry weather, it was a refreshing change!

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