A Rare Sunny Day — Sort Of

“Touch of Snow — Klooster Road” — plein air field study in oil on birch panel 8 x 10″ by Margie Guyot

I thought I’d go mad if I didn’t get out to paint today! We’d suffered through days of rain/snow/sleet and graepel (like mini-hail). Paired with the Covid and politics, it’s been truly gloomy lately! I knew not to dilly-dally. Sunny, blue skies can turn overcast in no time. So I packed up the truck and headed out. I’d meant to go painting a few miles further east, out around the Jordan River, but I saw a line of clouds to the west. What could I paint that was close? This farm I’ve painted several times. It’s the only farm on Klooster Road, off Church Road, northeast of Eastport. We’d had a dusting of snow (graepel?) overnight and it was beginning to melt. I parked on the side of the road and painted inside. No use in needless suffering!

The clouds were starting to take over (it was noon), so I hoped to squeak out another one while the light was still fairly bright. I headed down South Peebles Road, passing Toad Lake Road, winding through fields and came to a thick maple woods. Rather monochromatic, but it was the composition that I found pretty exciting. Again, I sat inside the nice, warm truck to paint. Several deer hunters drove past. The woods are almost pulsating with the excitement of deer hunters this week. Shooks Farm is just about a mile south of here. By the time I finished this, the sky was completely clouded over. Time to call it a day….

“Very Muddy Road” — plein air field study in oil on birch panel 8 x 16″ by Margie Guyot

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