Yesterday I held a small plein air painting class down by the James River. It was actually scheduled for today, but we came to a consensus to switch the days due to the impending weekend cold front heading into the area. It was a good move. Yesterday we had lots of sunshine and temperatures were in the 80's. But by the afternoon the clouds were rolling in, and this morning there is a soft, steady rain. As for the class, it was a great day of teaching, sharing, and painting but by the end of the day I was thoroughly pooped. Meanwhile on the home studio front, we now have a mountain of building material on our property, which means that if the weather clears the builders can start their work as early as tomorrow. According to our builder, the shell could be up in five days (or less). I was shocked when I heard this, especially since this is stick-built rather than prefab. But I was reminded that basically this is a rectangle we're talking about, with no custom framing for the windows or doors. So apparently by building standards it should be a fairly simple project. I'll have to be on my toes if I want to document the build in photos--if I blink they'll be done!
Lastly, I do have a small painting to share of my own--another one of Brown's Island--not done in the class, butÂ earlier this week. I just haven't had time to post until now:
"Morning at the Levee" Oil on Multimedia Artboard, 6x12" Contact me for more info.
I was very happy with my work on this painting but stupidly did not store it properly and my backpack fell right across the middle of it on the drive home, causing a huge smear! I've repaired it mostly, butÂ I think I'll bring it back to the site toÂ adjust the distant trees.
I'm becoming more and more enthralled with painting down at the James River. Brown's Island alone offers hundreds of painting possibilities. As I've noted before, it's also a fascinating site for Richmond's history, whereÂ Civil War and turn-of-the-century industrialÂ ruins stand right alongside our modern architecture. I found some additional info about the levee on a nearby sign upstream:
It's somewhat ironic that I've only recently begun to explore this particular point along the river justÂ at the point thatÂ I'm movingÂ out ofÂ my downtown studio.Â Looks like I'll still be coming downtown to work from time to time, even after my home studio is built.