“Afternoon in the Meadow” 8″ x 10″ oil on canvas $175
It was on a quiet summer afternoon last week that I ventured out to do some plein air painting and ended up at one of the preserved open spaces in Hopewell, NJ. There are quite a few open spaces in Hopewell which makes it a painters paradise in many ways. I selected this location mostly because I had not been there in a while. On the grounds resides the historic Hunt House and a trail that leads to a nice small lake. As lovely as those options were, I was more inclined toward capturing the architecture of nature sans buildings.
A short distance from the main highlight of the house I noticed this small stone bridge with a tiny creek running through. There was a beautiful large shade tree which I could stand under and take in the expanse in the distance as well as the bridge.
The physical landscape was a bit less dramatic and bright than my interpretation. It feels like my heart gets so excited by the beauty of the colors that they become more intense and emotional by the time they reach the canvas. The juxtaposition of shapes within the landscape also spoke to me. There was a pattern of connection woven through the space that was impossible for me to ignore.
Although this small oil painting emerged during a very quiet afternoon there was a boldness that was easy to get lost in. I was reminded that the beauty of nature so often provides the perspective I need when life feels a bit overwhelming. I think painting does that for me as well.