What’s better than a riverfront campsite at a beautiful campground on a warm April day? Not much, it seemed, this past weekend. In such a gorgeous spot, it was great to have some watercolor painting gear with me. What a relaxing way to practice painting lights and darks in watercolor. And no Internet service to be had for miles around: so, no news.
I tried the technique of sketching first in a Sharpie pen (brown or black) to indicate where on the page the darkest darks would go. Then I ‘painted’ over those darks with some water-proof bistre ink. From there I proceeded to the lighter washes, and then some details. It seemed to work.
With nothing to distract me, and no “must-do’s” around,
it was wonderful to be able to experiment in this way, enjoying the gentle breezes and shade where I was sitting.
Nearby some friends relaxed, including one lounging in a hammock he’d brought along.
This is a place known more for fishing, kayaking and rafting…but it is also a prime spot for painting, I’ve discovered. From the time you opened the flap to your tent at the first light of dawn, there were sights that demanded to be painted!
2 thoughts on “Plein Air Painting Along the Shenandoah River”
These paintings are a beautiful window into the natural beauty and tranquility of the Shenandoah Valley.It is wonderful that you could capture the magical character of the light and shadows here.
Simply awesome. The Shenandoah is one of my favorite places and you’ve taken the natural beauty to another level. You’re becoming one of my favorite artists! Hope you don’t mind me sharing on Facebook page.
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