I have tried to paint this view three times so far and will just settle with this final attempt. The shadows and light move so quickly in the afternoon and its difficult to capture so much change in one painting session. This is the Innis House on the Sunken Road of Fredericksburg Battlefield which somehow survived chaos (though it was heavily riddled with bullet holes).
It was a great Fall weekend to get out and go camping with the family at Westmoreland State Park, Virginia. I was able to do some plein-air painting Saturday AM at Fossil Beach.
Another “View From Chatham”, 9×12″, oil on panel … different time of day and different combination of colors.
View of Fredericksburg From Chatham Manor, 9×12″, oil on panel
Here’s the finished portrait of Grace, 16×20″, oil on board:
“Hanover and Princess Anne”, 9″x12″, oil on panel, plein-air
It’s always good to cross-pollinate with other creatives and I was more than happy to answer a few questions about my art work from my writer friend Jenna Veazey:
I have three beautiful 18″x36″ hardboard panels waiting to be painted and I think I will continue with the Greek myth theme I have been working on for the past few years but focus specifically on Homer’s The Odyssey. I know I have tried variations of “The Sirens” in the past, but I am hoping the different aspect ration of my painting surface will help me to envision it in a unique way. I am also going to use the “Golden Ratio” compositional device implemented by Da Vinci and other Renaissance artist in helping me to fine tune my composition. Here are a few more thumbnail compositions:
And with most of my previous painting projects, I like to see how other artist have tackled the same subject: