Gray Day On The River, 6 x 11 inches, oil on linen
There is a plein air painting group in Sacramento organized around Meetup. I signed up months ago but I hadn't participated in any of their paint outs. This Sunday, I noticed that they were meeting at the Fair Oaks Bluffs, just two minutes from my house, so I decided to pop over and introduce myself.
It was a gray, drab and chilly day, but there were three artists already set up and painting. One of them was my friend Craig, who came up to Donner Summit with me last September.
After I said my hellos I decided to set up on the boat ramp and do a little sketch looking downstream. I had a little 6 x 11 panel that I made from scrap wood and linen, and I thought a vertical format would be great for what I was looking at. But my Soltek easel isn't made to hold a panel so little. I sometimes use a home-made adapter (a stick) to accomplish this but I must have lost it - couldn't find it in my pile of junk, so I just opted to do a horizontal.
There's a nice trail alongside the river, and there were quite a few hikers despite the chilly weather, and many of them stopped to watch me paint and talk to me. I thought I was doing pretty well, but more than a few people asked me, "are you a student?" haha~ Ah well. I liked the sketch, so there.
Upon reading my previous post on Slough House painting, Rutger from Holland looked it up on Google Earth and correctly located the farm. I thought that was pretty cool. Here's where I painted Gray Day on the River.
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