There are still some leaves out there! I found this little barn on my way back from Olean while I was making random turns on unfamiliar roads. That sounds so much better than "LOST". Actually, with all of our technology, we rarely have the luxury of being truly lost. Today I'm packing the van for my trip to Assateague Island to paint wild ponies (which actully aren't that wild). I'll try to post while I'm there, so keep an eye out.
The weather is turning cooler and this morning I had to scrape a thick layer of frost off my windshield. As much as I hate to see summer go, there is something exciting about the change of the seasons. I love the wind and heavy, low hanging clouds that often usher in a storm. This little tree is just up the road from my house. I've watched it weather the storms for several years now, but this year, only a few leaves graced its branches. All trees are different, but I've always loved this one for it's the graceful lines.
I'm Back! The leaves are quickly turning colors, so I just HAD to get the easel out and head to the hills. This view is from the top of Horn Hill in Ellicottville. There was no shortage of scenes to paint from this vista, but the fence caught my attention today. When I started it was rather cold and dreary, but within an hour the sun came out and and the temperature quickly rose. What a beautiful day.
I spent yesterday framing all the paintings from this challenge. Looking at each one was a real stroll down memory lane. I found it interesting how the sounds, smells, and weather conditions are linked with that image. I must admit, I do miss the challenge... I was nervous when I started, wondering if I'd have trouble finding places to paint. Now at the end of the challenge, I am seeing painting subjects "EVERYWHERE". To answer the question "when is the next 30 day challenge"? I'm thinking of doing another Plein Air (painting outside) challenge in the winter, but more on that later. As these 30 paintings find their way to new homes, I plan to paint another painting to take it's place on the 30 painting wall in my studio (I'll post a picture of it when I finish hanging it). In that way, the challenge continues. Keep watching for new paintings, and please share the images and my website www.brooksidestudio.com with your friends!