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Plein air painting at Rock Spring Farm in Leesburg VA

Rock Spring Pond (plein air). 7x5, oil on linen panel. 2015

This small sketch was done in an impressionistic style with a very compressed value range.

It was a humid, overcast day and there was no strong light. To avoid creating a somber mood I keyed the painting off the darks in the trees which I set at a middle value. I worked up into the lighter values from there, adding some color contrasts in a few areas to breathe a bit of life into the scene.

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