Thursday, October 20, 2011

Original Plein Air
Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Fall Glory'
Oil on Linen Panel
10 x 8

This past Saturday, a group of artists met up
 to paint at the beautiful Blue Hound Farm in Lewisberry, PA.
Mary Beth Brath and Brownyn Hughes arranged the event,
which included a tour of the farm before we started to paint,
refreshments and a delicious supper and then a critique of our
day's work by Cathy Mabius.  It was an absolutely
delightful day - full of laughs because of the mishaps
caused by the gusty winds, as well as the antics of the
various farm animals!

This is the first painting I worked on - of a glorious tree out
in the field.  The wind was relentless - had to hold on to the
easel to keep it steady.  As I was getting ready to transfer
my painting to my carrier,  the wind ripped it out of my
hands and sent it sailing!  Thankfully it landed face up,
but it did get a small smear and some dirt on the way...
I fixed the smear and left the dirt alone so that I could just
wipe it off once the painting had dried.

Here are some pictures from our day...

This domestic turkey circled me the entire time I was working on 
my second painting.  He would posture, and then when he was
behind me he would start to drum his feathers.  I worried
for a while...but then just realized he was only another art critic!

After having her easel blown over by the strong winds,
Sharon Benner used her 'studio' in her van.
She told me that this is how she paints in the winter -
it is quite a cozy set-up!

Deb Kreiger working on a beautiful painting of
the lane into the farm.

Cathy Mabius painting out in the fields.

Mary Beth was able to find some shelter from the
wind by setting up near one of the barns.

Clare Klaum was also painting the view of the lane
and its row of beautifully colored trees.

Brownyn Hughes worked by the barn where the
brown cow with her calf were located.

Susan braved the winds out in the open, and had
some tape to help hold things steady!

Mary Beth's son Andrew really enjoyed this
adorable puppy.  I have to say that it was the most
mellow Jack Russell terrier I have ever encountered,
and I would have loved to have taken him home with me...
although I am sure that my cat would NOT have approved...

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Claire Beadon Carnell
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Rolina said...

That looks like loads of fun and it is great to see how everyone settled into a comfy place even outdoors!

(I would have been tempted to take the puppy home too)

Gabrielle said...

"Fall Glory" is absolutely beautiful. I lived just north of Philadelphia for 20 years and I miss the autumn color in the East with the intense blue skies. Your painting captures that perfectly - I can almost hear the wind and smell the air.

Sharon's studio van is a great idea. I may have to give that a try this winter.

Thanks for sharing your "art critic" with us, too. How funny!

padmaja said...

Seems like a very proactive day for your group and your lone tree with its fall glory looks very cheerful , nice work Claire!

hmuxo said...

Fall Glory is such a perfect name for this beautiful painting, Claire! It looks like you all had a wonderful time. The wind has been pretty strong here in East Rockaway as well!.

Anonymous said...

Your landscape is just beautiful, Claire. You've managed to capture the depth that a landscape needs to bring it to life. Truly a wonderful piece! We used to have neighboring turkeys wander up in our yards often in the last place we used to live. I so loved seeing them.

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Looks like it was an amazing day! Great painting!

Anonymous said...

Not sure what happened to the comment I typed up yesterday morning, Claire, but this is really beautiful. I love the depth you've captured that makes this so true and so perfect.

Gillian said...

What hardy souls you all are - I struggle to even sketch in windy conditions!
Fall Glory is beautiful. I'm glad you managed to rescue it from the wind and the turkey. x

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you, Rolina. That puppy was SO cute!!!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Gabrielle - thanks so much for your comments. I like Sharon's painting van too...trying to think how I could hook up my CRV...

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thanks so much, Padmaja!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Hilda, that was the strongest wind I have ever painted in - you really had to hold on to everything! Thank you for your kind comments.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

I loved seeing the turkey in all of his glory, Sherry - but he did scare me a bit with all of his posturing... I appreciate your noticing the depth - I did work on that a bit to get it where I wanted it to be, so thank you!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you Kimberly - I am so fortunate in that I have a great group of terrific artists to paint with!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Sherry - I was away for the weekend and didn't have my computer, so I wasn't able to publish my comments until I got home - so glad that you came back to check!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you Gillian - I was so shocked when my painting went flying right out of my hands - I was afraid it was going to land face-side down and be ruined, and I was so grateful it didn't. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Angela said...

Love love love it.....

Karen Bruson said...

Beautiful tree painting. Love the turkey shot.

Linda Young said...

Beautiful fall colors. The turkey looks like it could try to paint just like our "bugs" try to do.


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