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Saturday March 13, 2010

David and I got to the McKenzie Preserve at 7am.  After Ginny Burdick and I had visited the preserve last month, I couldn’t get this spot out of my mind so this is where I chose to paint Saturday.  In the picture below, my car and easel are tiny spots in the landscape.  Behind me is the view I’m interested in painting.

SaturdayAM

From my easel this is the view that was to my back when I photographed the car.

SaturdayAMview

The beginning of my painting, the bare elements.  Now the work begins to finish the painting.

Plein Air 1blog

The colors of the various oaks leafing out and mixing with the other vegetation was so inspiring. 

Saturdayafternoon

I painted this one in the afternoon.

Plein Air 2blog

Artists were invited to attend a special guided tour to the top of Table Mountain.  The scenery was spectacular.  There are vernal pools and interesting landscape that make you feel like you’ve entered a magical land.  It’s hard to tell in my dark picture, but I’m as close to the edge as I want to get.  Shooting stars are blooming on the edge of the cliff, right in front of me on the ground is red moss, the bright green on the left is the valley below.

OnTopTableMtn

Sunset at the top of Table Mountain.  Tony spoiled us with snacks and refreshments while we watched the color of the landscape change with the setting sun.  This will definitely be a future painting.

TableTopSunset

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