Yesterday I drove up to Indianapolis to drop off a couple of paintings at the Indiana Plein Art Painters Association annual member exhibit. I haven’t entered this before, mostly because of the three hour drive. But the day was a beautiful fall day, starting off with some fog in low-lying areas. The fall colors were breathtaking. For those of you who think Indiana is represented by flat cornfields, nothing could be further from the truth. The southern part consists of beautiful hills, rivers, and streams covered mostly by deciduous forests. This time of year, the landscape is a panorama of golds and reds. It was just a glorious day for a drive.
One of the two paintings I entered is Trees at Alton, Indiana, on the Ohio River. I just painted this back in late September. As you can see, the tall trees on the left are just beginning to show some color. Alton is a tiny little collection of houses and has been flooded many times over the years. But the people who live here are passionate about living on the Ohio River so they always come back. There is something mesmerizing about the big river with its barges and other river traffic. I can just sit and watch the river for hours.
This scene is pretty classic. Just some trees, a path leading into the picture, a river and some hills. A very peaceful vista.
If you’re interested in seeing the whole exhibit, it is at the Hoosier Salon Gallery in Carmel, just north of Indianapolis. The exhibit runs from November 10th through December 14th. The reception is Saturday,, November 10th 5-9 pm. There are many beautiful paintings of all parts of Indiana and most of the work is for sale. Take a gander at this exhibit and visit lovely downtown Carmel with its many arty and eclectic shops and eateries. A great time for some holiday shopping.