Monday, November 04, 2013

"Bell Tower, Westtown School", 8x10, plein air, fall paintings, Westtown School, brick buildings bell tower, Chester County art

"Bell Tower, Westtown School", 8x10, plein air

This was painted on the grounds of the Westtown School in Westtown, Pa., near West Chester during Plein Air Brandywine Valley.

Ironically, this was painted on the very same day that I nearly froze while painting the early morning moon over the meadow at Christ Church in Wilmington. In the afternoon, the temperatures rose quite a bit and there was glorious sunshine- so much so that I had to keep stripping off the layers of clothing I had on!

Westtown has a gorgeous campus and is very familiar to me, since my three sons all went to middle school there, and my eldest graduated high school as well. Westtown is based on Quaker traditions, and it provides a very fine, well-rounded education for children from Pre-K through high school. My son boarded for the last two years and overall it was a fine preparation for college. It was fun to return there and paint on the campus. The painting I did was of the wood working building next to the old smoke stack. I chose that building because I love the little bell tower atop the roof. The school also has a lake where many of my artist friends painted on the day of the paint-out. I wish I had had more than just one afternoon there. It was great to see all the old brick buildings again amidst the gorgeous Chester County foliage!

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