|#140 Winter Bales - 11x14 oil on canvas panel|
The best thing about these two outings was just discovering how beautiful this area is since I have never really explored it since moving here in 1997. Lots of rolling plains, rich farmland, an old cotton gin, white rock creeks, barns, open vistas and the very beginnings of the caliche escarpment that runs from Cedar Hill to Austin. That ridge forms a nice blue backdrop to the area that reminds one of the Texas Hill Country.
The people in the area seem to be quite friendly and interested in our "intrusion of culture" in their very peaceful community. One farmer stopped and told me he thought I was out there "grilling burgers." Once he saw what we were doing he seemed very interested in purchasing some of our art since he's a collector and even offered to let us paint on his property. "I'll even grill you some burgers" he told me.
|#139 Five Points Cotton Gin - 12x9 oil on canvas panel|
Along that line of confusion, the owners of the hay field where I was painting had heard that some artists were painting their hay bales. Laughter ensued when they finally figured out we had no desire to paint the bales themselves, though I suppose stranger things have been called art. Such is the way of plein air painting and interaction with people, which simply enriches the whole experience. Just one more reason that I love plein air so much because of the story behind the painting that happens more times than not.