I went plein air painting with my friend Bill Whorrall on Monday. It was a beautiful and unseasonably warm December day with temps in the 60s. However, the wind was brisk which posed some problems later.
Bill lives in Martin County, Indiana which is lovely and boasts a variety of terrains – rivers, stone ledges, hills, woods. We decided to paint this one lane bridge, Brooks Bridge, which spans the East Fork of the White River south of Shoals. We had spotted this location before but the ground was too wet to drive on.
While we were painting, we saw about four vehicles, including a four wheeler; probably the farmer checking us out. (It’s hunting season and there are lots of poachers.) I just waved and he drove back. The sparse traffic is probably why the bridge is only one lane. Yeah, impossible for you city people to believe but they still exist.
Bill was working on some ink drawings that he created with sticks and twigs as drawing instruments. You can see the results here. Really neat.
I decided to use a canvas panel toned with yellow paint. It was pretty bright but where it shows through, it seems to add some magic. I like it anyway.
The only real problem was that the wind picked up throughout the morning. A strong gust nearly knocked my easel into the river!
I tweaked the final painting in my studio, darkening the details and adding highlights. It’s sometimes difficult to really see and judge colors and contrasts in the bright sunlight. What do you think?
Yeah, it’s for sale at my Etsy shop.