Friday, February 13, 2009

Beech - In my Woods

Beech - In my Woods
Originally uploaded by linfrye
Daily Practice

I took a break at lunch yesterday from all the research and writing ... I've almost got all my subject matter outlined ... and it's almost time to rewrite and begin editing -- yeah! By noon, I was bleary, and despite the stiff winds, I decided to try a quick plein air.

I walked a bit in the thicket behind the house. Beech trees are still holding onto their leaves, and the thorny smilax really gave me a fit! I sat behind a bit of a knoll and some shrubs, and I wasn't tossed about as badly as the tops of the trees. I definitely need more plein air practice and so I found my attempts awkward and frustrating. I was a bit better focused that last week, but I can tell, I need to quicken my painting and just 'go for it' ... while trying to remove that studio mind set! LOL

As the winds slackened after dinner, we walked a bit. Spring peepers were seranading us, the buds on the tulip poplars and my flowering quince are about to pop!

Temps are falling this weekend with rain predicted. It isn't spring yet -- though it's 'tease' is definitely in the wind!


Lisa at Greenbow said...

I can see why these Beeches were inspiring. They are beautiful as you depicted them.

Teri C said...

These trees are so lovely and I can just imagine you sitting there hiding from the wind with brush in hand. Great job despite the obstacles.

Joan said...

Lin - This is beautiful!! The colors are perfect...I'd like to have been sitting there painting too.

Desiree said...

I need to do some more plein aire painting too. I find it much more challenging, and there is something wonderful about a warm studio and a comfy chair.

Anonymous said...

Oh I love the colors and it doesn't look like you need practice to me. Our winds are finally gone after some devastating damage in parts of the city and state and we have enjoyed the sun the last couple of days.