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Plein Air at Oak Hill, Bluemont

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Plein air painting of a single tree in the middle of a field. The painting also features a distant treeline and cloudy sky.

Oak Hill Farm. 9x12, oil on linen panel. 2014.

I think this is one of my more adventurous plein paintings of the year: I had to work quickly to get the sky down before it changed too much and rearrange elements in the scene in front of me to make a good picture. All while I stood in a horse pasture where the flies created a cloud around my head as I painted.

I used the same palette as for my last five or six landscape paintings, but added viridian so that I could mix it with red and get a base gray to use for the sky.