I went down to Sherwood Forest MD last Sunday. The sky was almost cobalt blue and the Severn a deep shade of ultramarine. I usually am down here in the summertime when the colors are rich warm greens and cerulean blues. The river is a different color in the wintertime. Colors are simple, flat and stark. The weather has been so overcast this winter in Maryland. When there is a clear sky everything seems new. I walked by this pine and just happened to see the sun hit this crooked branch. That is what sparked the painting for me. Was it cold!
I finished the painting off in my warm studio using reference shots from my cell phone.Yeah technology.
Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis is showing the work of the Maryland Plein Air Painters Society. My little panel of the Idle River was accepted and is hanging with the work of many other landscape painters in the beautiful visitors center until mid Feb. All small works, they range from Annapolis scenes to Monhegan ME. Not a bad one in the bunch. (Painting pictured later sold in May 2010 at 49 West show)