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Monday, June 13, 2011

DAY FOUR GETTYSBURG FRINGE FESTIVAL
Plein Air Event
Original Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

DAY FOUR - JUNE 13, 2011
Gettysburg Fringe Festival Plein Air Event

Today I had planned to paint at the Peach Orchard. On
my way I passed a field that overlooks the back side
of the Slyder Farm and since it looked so gorgeous bathed
in the morning light, I decided to stop right there.  This is a
field on the Gettysburg Battlefield that I have painted before
(my painting "Hallowed Fields"), and have plans to paint again.
The whole battlefield is a very sacred place, but this location
is one that draws me every time for its solemn beauty. It is difficult
to reconcile the horrible loss of life that took place here with
the peaceful scenery that exists today.

I was alone (except for a few tourists), and the morning was
one of such clear, cool light - let's just say that I was in my
space of complete happiness...

'Witnesses'
Oil  12 x 16

I started and finished this painting entirely in the field today.
I will put it aside for few days and look at it with fresh eyes to
see if anything needs to be tweaked, but for now I am really
happy with the day's work.  The little buildings in the background
are the house and barn of the Slyder Farm.


My Set-Up  and the limited palette I was working with.

This is a portion of one of the two permanent placards that
are located at the site.

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Claire Beadon Carnell
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4 comments:

martinealison said...

Cet arbre est vraiment majestueux et vous l'avez peint en lui restituant certainement toute la force qu'il doit posséder. Ce site me paraît superbe et mérite d'être peint. Malgré les horreurs qui ont dû se dérouler vous rendez, avec cette toile, hommage à tous ces hommes qui ont péri sur ce site.
Belle peinture avec une grande profondeur.
Gros bisous.

AutumnLeaves said...

A stunning landscape, Claire. Love that big old tree and you handled the shade just perfectly. I loved reading the bit of history too. What a fabulous event this has been for you!

Angela Elledge said...

Well, I just tried leaving you a comment, but for some reason it did not appear as received. Your painting here is indeed peaceful, despite its tragic beginnings. Also, superb title, love it. Enjoy your days of plein air painting, here in the South it is just too hot to tolerate the heat...at least I can't handle it.

yasha said...

Claire I always love the way you paint trees.The history behind the place makes this painting even more special.

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