Plein Air Painting as Therapy - Sept 30, 2011

by Sue
(Felton, Ca.)

Sept. 2011 at Quail Hollow

Sept. 2011 at Quail Hollow

How things can change in 30 days with the artist but the Pond remains serene and peaceful. I, on the other hand, am not. My 90 year old Mother died a week ago and I will be flying to England for her funeral in 2 days time. I decided that my sad soul needs the soothing balm of painting on schedule – and so I am here.


It is foggy and dark initially – a bit like my mood. But, as I stand and get my gear set up, I settle into the comforting ritual of my painting.

The trees are still in summer leaf but are looking tired and a bit dry. The woodpecker family are boisterous and noisy – cheerful little devils! My mood continues to lighten the more time I spend with my animal friends and the calming influence of the familiar landscape. The slight smell of oil paint, the feel of the brush in my hand…. These things will always be there for me, no matter what. I recommend plein air painting as therapy in trying times.

This month I focus on the pond water and reflections. The only people around are 2 women walking a beautiful bay horse in the meadow – he looks really pampered.

October will be my 12th month of painting at this location - so see you then for the final installment....

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