Following the State Forrest adventure, I headed into Williamstown after seeing a picture a friend took of a Magnolia tree by a small brook. It looked so lush. After finding out the secret location, I packed up the car and headed out shortly before 1pm.
Armed with deet (because this was in high grass) I set up underneath a very high in the sky sun and got to work. Note to self *start paying attention to the sun more in relation to where you set up because it moved from behind my easel to shining directly on it. I was blinded by the light within an hour. Everything got washed out and looked light blue. I'm not ready to get an umbrella - no way - not yet. A nice woman from a local paper snapped some pics of me working.
I had to leave after two hours because of blindness. when I got home and propped the picture up, I was not pleased. I hadn't realized how off my colors were in the bright sun. I tried to tweak it that night, but got nowhere. very frustrated with it. hardest thing I've tried to paint in a while. seriously.
Two days later I was back, slightly earlier in the day, and determined to get it right.
I didn't spend enough time working out the drawing/composition initially, so I had to re-do quite a bit of what I had done previously. Plus my color choices were piss-poor. but I stood there and got as much in as I could before snapping a couple pics and bringing it home to the studio for finishing.
Even at home, I spent a lot of time trying to get this to look right (or at least better).
Very strong sun on half of my body for 2+ hours left me a nice shade of red, but eventually turned to tan.