Late July Mid Afternoon
9X12" - oil painting on mounted canvas
© Bruce A. Morrison
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I just finished a small painting in the studio this afternoon; it was of a summer day Georgie and I went exploring along the Little Sioux River down in Cherokee County, south of us. I remember it being a fairly hot and humid day...a typical "dog days of summer" kind of day. Those were the days I remember most as a kid out of school for the summer. Loved those times!
The area depicted was down near the Silver Sioux Recreation Area...a pretty neat place. This exact location was nearby in the Stiles Woodland ...I believe it is a private preserve overseen by a nonprofit group...could be mistaken about that but it is open to casual visitors at times...there is signage there at its entrance giving information about it.
What I remember about the preserve is the high sun of the day creating stark contrast and shadow...the distant hillside looked hazy in the mid day humidity. These impressions give me fodder later on when working from the memory of the place and photos I took. I have heard the saying from many sources that the greens of spring and summer are the most difficult to paint. Since these are the times of year I really enjoy, I have to tackle these issues head on. Keeping interest and movement or flow through a painting can be challenging with so much green! There was a small barn along a small creek there that I painted red (it was no longer showing paint) to add a complimentary color, giving relief and a focal point. I knew the barn would help visually when I spotted it there that afternoon.
Studio work is getting difficult! It is finally trying to be spring out there and all that comes with it make for more time outside. Hope you're enjoying some outside time as well!