Friday, October 30, 2015
"Along Flowing Springs Road",14x11, oil, plein air, paintings of country scenes, Chester Springs art, Pennsylvania art, Chester County art, MAryanne Jacobsen original paintings
I just returned from a painting trip to Pennsylvania where I had the opportunity to paint a plethora of lovely autumn landscapes. We stayed in a lovely cottage in the little town of Chester Springs, where I lived and raised my family before moving to Florida.
I did a lot of plein air painting while I was there, as the weather cooperated and the autumn scenery was magnificent.
One of the scenes I decided to paint was looking right up the road from our little cottage at a barn at the top of the winding road.
I thought that standing in the driveway was a perfect vantage point to capture the nice curve of the road, while being sheltered from any possible country road traffic. Little did I realize that I was standing under a hickory tree that had weapons of its own to throw at this hapless plein air painter!
If you've never seen the nuts of a hickory tree, I can tell you that they are mammoth! Before even getting started on the painting, I took a tumble on the gravel as my foot turned over from one of these nuts that were the size of baseballs. Not to be deterred, I set up under the tree anyway. But that was not the end of the tree's revenge on me. It kept spewing nuts on my head as I tried to paint the scene!
After a couple welts, I decided I was not going to be target practice for the tree anymore. So I gave up, packed up all my gear and headed back into the cottage.
Happily, I could still see the scene from the kitchen window, and so I finished the painting indoors.
If anyone had told me that hickory trees could be a hazard to a plein air painter, I would have laughed!
Not any more. I do think plein air painting could be listed as one of the top ten most hazardous activites that people can do!
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