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Old 04-23-2012, 09:46 AM
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Woodstock Paint-Out

No, not the legendary Woodstock of rock and roll fame, but instead magnificent formal gardens near Inistiogue in Co Kilkenny. It turned out to be a fairly bleak cold day, with frequent passing hail showers. Even so, the light was really quite brilliant between the showers, and if you want to paint plein-air in Ireland, you have to accept what Mother Nature throws at you and just get on with it.


I took on a very difficult subect for my first one, and I would have made it a bit easier on myself, if I had brought a larger panel. As a result, after a lot of scraping off and re-painting, this one took me just over two and a half hours, a full hour or more than I usually spend on a plein-air piece.


The Tea Room, Woodstock Gardens
(12" x 10" Oil on MDF Board)




It had become even more showery by mid-afternoon, so I found a large tree to get under and just painted this bare tree in front of me, which sort of stood out from the others. I tried to be a bit more expressive with this, hoping to convey the rythmical almost dance-like feel of the tree.


The Last Bare Tree, Woodstock Gardens
(12" x 12" Oil on MDF Board)





There are photos of both scenes on my blog for anyone who wants a look.

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Re: Woodstock Paint-Out

Your first one is so beautiful with the light! I am SO glad you painted it.
The tree is unusual and very interesting. There's so much to see. The strong tree demanding attention and the soft colors complimenting it all. I would never have seen this but I do now that you showed it to me.
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nice Michael, lots of light
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Your first one is so beautiful with the light! I am SO glad you painted it.
The tree is unusual and very interesting. There's so much to see. The strong tree demanding attention and the soft colors complimenting it all. I would never have seen this but I do now that you showed it to me.

Thanks WebCat.

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nice Michael, lots of light

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