"Big Arborvitae" 2015 oil on canvas 18" x 18"
When I drive north on the Great Road out of Princeton I pass a cemetery in Blawenburg that sits on a hill. I always admired the large Abrborvitae bushes that catch the sun so I decided to make a painting. Painting in cemeteries is nice because few live people visit them and the residents never bother you. The sky this day was spectacular and the clouds were moving fast so I painted them first, very quickly and managed to leave them alone. Then I worked on the bushes and shadows until it was late afternoon and getting cold. Thankfully I brought a thermos of coffee and a brownie from the bodega in nearby Hopewell. That kept me going for a while to finish up just before it started to rain.
I packed up and went home. Worked on the painting in the studio on Sunday and touched up a few areas. This process seems to work well for me: make the initial painting on the spot, then finish in the studio where I can take my time and think about it in comfort and wih music.