Plein Air Painting at Quail Hollow - February 2011

Quail Hollow - 9am Feb. 2011

Quail Hollow - 9am Feb. 2011

It was a beautiful, but frosty morning as I ventured out to Quail Hollow pond for my monthly painting challenge. 9am and a line of white frost still visible near the reeds.

I dressed warmly in flannel lined jeans, waterproof boots and gloves. I was the only person there except for the park caretaker who lives on the premises in a small bungalow.

I had set up my palette ahead of time so was ready and able to paint immediately. The morning sun was behind me and kissed the pond waters with warm colors. Early morning is definitely the best time to paint this place. The magic morning light made the pond look totally different than last month when I was here during late afternoon.

The brown and cream reeds were on fire and a bright fresh line of young green grass also pulsed with life. Two coots (moor hens) dabbled in the water plants clucking companionably at each other.

I dropped down into my happy place in my mind as my only reality became my painting and the scene in front of me. An exercise in mindfulness and delight in being. I painted a 5" x 7" small board - letting go of the "shoulds" the painting almost painted itself. Thank you Pond - and see you again next month.

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