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Painting at Rock Spring Farm

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Plein air painting at Rock Spring Far

Rock Spring Farm (plein air). 10x8, oil on linen panel. 2015.

Today's paint out was at Rock Spring Farm which is right in the center of Leesburg, VA.  It's a great location and there was no shortage of material to paint. so naturally I settled on painting a window on the old house - I think I just needed a break from the greens for a week or so.

Even though the finished sketch is nearly monochromatic I managed to use a fairly large palette of white, ivory black, ultramarine, burnt sienna, bright red, cad yellow light and yellow ochre. To make things harder I didn't keep enough values back to let me paint highlights on the whites. My workaround was to increase the paint thickness in a few places to catch the light.