“Backyard Magic”

Backyard Magic 8 x 10“Backyard Magic”  8″x 10″ oil on gessoboard SOLD

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of participating in the Chesterfield Heritage Day Paint Out.  It was a sunny but cool fall morning and I arrived about 9:30. 

Having been to the location over the past few months I still felt clueless as to where I wanted to go paint.  So I took a stroll around and ended up back where I began.  So many cute historic residences filled with character and charm circled the main ground.  As I was looking I noticed this lovely old barn at the end of a driveway flanked by two historic homes across the way.  What caught my eye was the furniture in the shadow. There was a whole feeling to the vista. I’m not quite sure how to put what that was in words but I think it came out on the canvas.   

As part of this celebratory day the Historical Society hosts an art exhibition where the paintings from the day and the weeks prior are hung and available for sale.  Several awards for the plein air paintings of the day were also given.  To my pleasant surprise this painting won 2nd place.  And, to top that off the two other paintings I submitted from previous visits sold. The best part of that was getting to meet the residents who purchased them and hearing about the memories they had in connection with the scene I had painted.  A truly enjoyable experience!

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