Plein Air Painting at Quail Hollow - May 2011

by Sue
(Felton, CA.)

Quail Hollow 10am May 2011

Quail Hollow 10am May 2011

The swallows have arrived and are in flight in the warm, grass scented air around the pond. Gossamer seed pods float on the breeze all around. The earth feels warm under foot today. At the pond, the Western Pond Turtles sun themselves on a half submerged old log – their necks thrust out seeking maximum solar heating.

No sign of the mallard duck family of last month. One lone coot paddles by in the distance.

This month I decide to paint a 9” x 12” panel of the pond, trees and reflections. I am alone and yet part of it all – a peaceful happy feeling of companionship with the natural world.

After 2 hours of painting I pack up and get ready for a hike on the trail nearby. On the way I encounter a woman with two Shetland ponies and a miniture horse. The miniture horse is unbelievably tiny and cute. His name is “Mini Cooper”.

I love all the different people and creatures I am meeting during my monthly plein air painting challenge at Quail Hollow.

See you again in 30 days times.

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