Sunday, April 26, 2015

Clear Lake Creek


Here is another landscape painting for the "Shared Landscapes" exhibit at the Benton County Historical Society and Museum. The exhibit runs from May 15-June 27.

This painting is a larger version of a sketch done last summer at Clear Lake in Springfield, Oregon. I had found a secluded little trail alongside the creek running adjacent to the lake and set up my easel. It was a beautiful, peaceful day and I soon became so enrapt with the scene that I lost all sense of time and place. I was happily painting away when a voice behind me said, "Excuse me!" A man was standing three feet away on the trail, and wanted to get by. I nearly jumped out of my skin! Fortunately, he was a harmless hiker, but I realized how foolish I'd been. I was all by myself in a secluded area and had been completely unaware of my surroundings. Lesson learned! After that, I resolved never to go plein air painting without friends nearby. (The second lesson that day was to remember the bug repellent!)


Julie Ford Oliver said...

A beautiful painting - the harmony is perfect and I love the way you did the water.
I had a frightening experience a long time ago and have never been painting plein air on my own since.
BUT...I will sit in the car and paint on my permitting. The main thing is to still keep doing it.

Sue Harrell said...

Thank you, Julie. I love the idea of painting in the car!