"River Road Red House" 2016 oil on canvas 18" x 18"
This was painted on an unusually warm February day. I didn't know what to paint or where to go. I suddenly remembered this old house on a road near the Rariton River in Branchburg and said to myself, "Just go paint it and stop thinking about whether it will be good or not." So I did.
I set up my easel and noticed a woman on her porch nearby looking at me. This always unnerves me, having spectators, but I did my best to ignore her and she went back in her house. The painting progressed well. Some yahoo drove by in a big pickup truck, slowed down and yelled, "Heeeeeeyyyy". It never fails when I paint near a road.
I managed to get enough information down before the sun got too low. I packed everything up and went home. Worked more on the painting in my studio the next day and managed to clean up the trees in the distance which was a challenge to keep it simplified and not try to paint every tree. Trying to capture trees as blocks of light and color is difficult. I think I learned something here. I had the same issue with the bushes and grasses in the lower left so I kept the brush strokes quick and direct - no fussing. I think it all worked out.