Into the Wild

“Along Ranney Road” — plein air field study in oil on birch panel 8 x 10″ by Margie Guyot

I had to escape the studio today! Far too gorgeous outside. For this first painting I pulled as far off Ranney Road as possible, but couldn’t open the passenger side doors to get out my gear because I was right up against a hillside. So I sat inside the truck to paint. Then I cruised down the road and turned west onto Phelps Road, where I saw this view.

“Two-track along Phelps Road” — plein air field study in oil on birch panel 8 x 16″ by Margie Guyot

I parked the truck in a little driveway that had a chain with a No Trespassing sign. I set up my easel in the shade of some maple trees. Ordinarily I prefer standing in the shade, but there was a quite a stiff breeze and it was only 55 degrees. Glad I had a jacket with me! I half-expected a cranky farmer to come and confront me, but it was my lucky day. It’s funny how brilliant green the fall grass is! And I loved the patchwork of dried grasses, goldenrod and milkweed. A good day, if somewhat chilly.

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