Here is this week’s plein air effort, once again at the botanical gardens:
It’s incomplete as I started late and had to close shop before the two-hour mark. It was a beautiful morning, but the light quickly shifted from sun to overcast clouds, making my previously well delineated, high contrast subject suddenly a muddled mass of leaves and confusion.
Or maybe it was just my mind that was muddled? Every so often the light would peek back out, but not quite often enough to provide the kind of clarity I needed. In any case, this is as far as I got before I had to call it quits and pay the babysitter.
I painted this general location some time ago, though the arrangement (and light) was different. I had planned on painting another setting, but a large group was visiting the gardens this morning and had taken over my spot, foiling my plans.
Being short on time I decided to take another stab at this scene. I’m not sure if I will finish this piece. I may just treat it as an artifact of the morning’s experience to learn from as I look forward to the next outing.