“Goat Hill Overlook” 18″ x 14″ oil on canvas
With the fall leaves in full color it seemed the perfect time to do some plein air painting this week. I had heard about Goat Hill Overlook from some fellow artists but hadn’t had a chance to go find it for myself until yesterday. Admittedly, I got a little lost. I actually found the spot but didn’t walk far enough along the trail to see the overlook, so I went back to my car and drove off figuring Google Maps had made an error and I was a little frustrated!
After a short detour I decided that I must have been in the right location so I headed back. A couple of hikers were returning to their car so I asked if I was in the right spot, and I was. Gathering my gear I walked further along the trail and came upon what I had seen in photos. A little overwhelmed with the expansive view I took some time before setting up. Once I got started the time flew by. It was a lovely day and such rich color all around. What I hoped to capture was the essence of fall and the beauty of the light on some of the houses and buildings across the river. This may be due for a few tweaks here and there but overall I’m pleased with the outcome.
Now that I know where this spot is, I certainly will return if not to paint then to hike the trails with a few friends. I’m sure it’s lovely any time of year. I can imagine it with blankets of snow.