This painting is part of the “Yadkin River Basin” series; six paintings all painted on location (in “plein air”) in fields near Winston-Salem, NC at end of summer and early fall. It is framed in a floating wood frame in a natural finish and ready to hang.
I love painting outside. There is something magical about feeling the sun on your face, a cool breeze on your arm, and the sounds and smells of the outdoors while observing the shapes and colors of the landscape. Plus I enjoy the challenge of painting an ever-changing scene as the light changes and the wind moves clouds.
Plein Air painting, or translated from French, simply painting outside, was popularized by the 19th century Impressionists and made possible by advances in painting technology such as paint in tubes. Before this, artists ground their paint by hand.